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I have long wondered if there were any examples of paintings indicating the influence in Australia of the famous English group known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The artist Burne Jones was a leading light in this group in Britain and I have seen the Burne Jones windows in the Melanesian Chapel on Norfolk Island. I do not know of any others in Australia. If any reader has knowledge of others please let me know. Some of the magazines did show some of the effect of the Pre-Raphaelites in their illustrations. In this issue I have written about a fairy tale which shows this some of this influence in literature. The art later developed into what is called the art nouveau style and there are a lot of examples of these in the early 20th century.

The bush balladists have been rather neglected by Margin in the past. Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson are the two best know writers in this popular form. In this issue is an article on Banjo Paterson which was compiled by Terry Birtles. It was originally duplicated and given to the people who went with Terry on a National Library of Australia Friends excursion into Banjo Paterson country last year. It was too good to leave unpublished and I have persuaded Terry to allow Margin to include it in its pages. It is good to be reminded of some of the flowing verses written by Banjo Paterson.

The other important item in this issue is an excellent review by Margaret Bradstock of the first volume of the collected works of Mary Gilmore. This important publication is one of the series of publications of scholarly editions of works by a number of early Australian writers produced by The Australian Scholarly Editions inspired and produced by Professor Paul Eggert.

Also reprinted in this issue is a short article by Patricia Clarke about an early woman journalist. Patricia has taken a special interest in this neglected group of Australian writers. We plan to give you further examples of Patricia's accounts from her out of print book Pen Portraits.

There is no article on John Lang in this issue but that does not mean that I have forgotten the 'John Lang Project'. Work on the publication of his novels continues and two of his short stories have been published as booklets, 'Occasional Tales', for the Associate Members of the Project. There is still time to become an Associate Member if you are interested in John Lang.

A new publication which I plan to have reviewed in the next issue of Margin is a collection of 19th century Australian plays. There were quite a number of these plays performed in Australia and we had an article a couple of years ago about a few of the plays held in manuscript in the Colonial Secretary's Office in Sydney, now in the Archives. It is good to see a rising interest in our nineteenth century Australian theatre.
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Author:Crittenden, Victor
Publication:M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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