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Jack McLaren, Red Mountain

Jack McLaren. Red Mountain. Sydney: N.S.W. Bookstall, 1919.

Jack McLaren, 1884-1954, was the son of a Presbyterian clergyman. He ran away from home at 16 and worked at a variety of occupations including mule-driver, miner and mate on a timber schooner.

In 1911 he established a coconut plantation on Cape York Peninsula. He moved to Sydney in 1919 and then to Melbourne, working as a free-lance writer.

In 1925 he moved to London, where he established himself as a writer of adventure novels set in northern Australia and the Pacific islands, as well as a popular radio broadcaster.

His lasting reputation rests on his non-fiction works, notably his account of his experiences on Cape York Peninsula, My Crowded Solitude (1926).

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