- 1976 (Creation)
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Xavier Herbert was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, and grew up there and in Fremantle. He trained as a pharmacist and worked and lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and then England where he married and wrote his first novel 'Capricornia' which was finally published by P R Stephensen in 1938. Herbert returned to Australia in 1932 and in 1946 he settled with his wife Sadie at Redlynch, near Cairns, Queensland. Herbert's other works include the autobiographical 'Disturbing Element' (1963), the novel 'Soldiers' Women' (1961), the novella 'Seven Emus' (1959) and the short story collection 'Larger than Life' (1963), as well as short stories and many articles expressing his strongly held opinions on various aspects of Australian life. His last work 'Poor Fellow My Country' was published in 1975 and won the Miles Franklin Award that year. Since his death two collections of Herbert 's writings have been published: 'Xavier Herbert' (1992), edited by Peter Pierce and Frances De Groen, which includes extracts from novels with other fiction, nonfiction and correspondence, and 'South of Capricornia' (1990), edited by Russell McDougall, which reprints stories written before 1934 and often published under pseudonyms. Xavier Herbert was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Queensland and Newcastle.
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Dr Spencer Routh OAM was appointed the first Reference Librarian at the University of Queensland in 1959. He has been a Queensland contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography since 1975. The Lilley, Ryan, and Byrnes medals were awarded for academic excellence within the Queensland system of public examinations. Spencer Routh was convenor of the Queensland Working Party for the preparation of Australia 1788-1988. [A Bicentennial History (Reference)].
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Letter 29 June 1976 to Spencer Routh, personal.
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Letterhead: Redlynch, Qld.
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- Herbert, Xavier, 1901-1984 (Subject)
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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.