Steele Rudd was the pseudonym of Arthur Hoey Davis (14 November 1868 – 11 October 1935) an Australian author, from Queensland best known for his novel On Our Selection
Steele Rudd was the pseudonym of Arthur Hoey Davis (14 November 1868 – 11 October 1935) an Australian author, from Queensland best known for his novel On Our Selection. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, the Steele Rudd was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as an "Influential Artists".
This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Lila, a fortune-teller with no interest in the future, lost her own daughter more than a quarter of a century earlier in New York. When these two women meet in Southern California, it s earthquake weather the time when unexpected things happen.
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Steele Rudd Stories that immortalised the Rudds and their efforts to farm their Queensland selection
This fierce and beautiful story charts the histories of two women: Rae, young, unmarried, and far from home, awaits the birth of her first child. Stories that immortalised the Rudds and their efforts to farm their Queensland selection.
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Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780702218057. Release Date:January 1984.
PLOUGHING and sowing all over. A hundred acres of the plain-land under wheat and light showers falling every week. Dave didn’t look upon him as one of the family, though. He was the fly in Dave’s ointment. Dave hated him like poison. Dad’s good luck was continuing. Yet we were sharing other misfortunes freely enough. The children were all down with measles, Sarah with face-ache, Joe with a broken rib-a draught-horse broke it for him (Joe had sandy-blight, and one morning approached the wrong end of a horse with the winkers), and Dave was the victim of a fatal malady.
Rudd was born Arthur Hoey Davis at Drayton, Queensland, and left school early, working on nearby stations before joining the public service in Brisbane. He married Violet Brodie in 1894 and they had four children. The Bulletin published his first sketch of life as a selector in 1895. More stories followed, and their popularity led the Bulletin to publish the collections On Our Selection (1899) and Our New Selection (1903), which were also successfully adapted for the stage.
Steele Rudd was born in Queensland in 1868, the eighth child of a family which took up a selection in 1875. His own experiences undoubtedly form the basis of this classic set stories of rural life in an age long past. The difficulties experienced by the Rudd family are described including the changeable climate, poor soil and animal pests. The stories have been dramatised and filmed several times, the latest film being released in 1995.