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Australia’s first novel

Quintus Servinton was written by the English convict Henry Savery and published in three volumes in Tasmania in 1830-31. Only 4 or 5 copies are known to exist today.

Savery’s novel Quintus Servinton: A Talefounded upon Incidents of Real Occurrenceis a disguised autobiography. It was published anonymously to avoid the harsh penalties given to a convict writing about such things.

Savery crime that sent him to Van Diemens Land was forgery. He was scheduled to hang for it. With the intervention of influential friends, it was commuted to transportation for life to Van Diemens Land.

He travelled from London to Hobart Town, Van Diemens Land on the ship Medway with 171 other convicts. There he worked for the Colonial Treasurer.  Rather strange assignment considering the crimes he pled guilty to doing.

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  1. ACT Writers Centre
  2. Booranga Writers’ Centre
  3. Queensland Writers’ Centre
  4. Northern Rivers Writers Centre
  5. NSW Writers’ Centre
  6. South Australian Writers Centre
  7. Tasmanian Writers Centre
  8. Varuna Writers Centre
  9. Victorian Writers Centre

See also on our website
Australian writer Henry Lawson

Writers’ Groups

  1. Australian Society of Authors
  2. Australian Writer’s Guild
  3. Canberra Society of Editors
  4. Crime Writers Queensland
  5. Eastern Writers Group – Victoria
  6. Fiction Writers
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  1. Allen and Unwin
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  6. Pan Macmillian Australia
  7. Penguin Publishers
  8. Phoenix Education
  9. Seaview Press
  10. Swift Sci-fi publishers

Contests – Festivals

  1. The Age Melbourne Writers Festival
  2. Qld Premier’s Literary Awards


  1. Australian Associated Press
  2. Australian Script Centre
  3. Children’s Book Council of Australia
  4. Radio National Poetica
  5. Writers’ Bookcase – books for writers

See also on our website
Australian writer Banjo Paterson

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