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Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2006) Fiction published in the Samoanische Zeitung (1901–1914). Canberra;Mulini Press. 21cm, iv, 68 pp. ISBN 0 9757232 0 0.

An investigation of the literary offerings of the only commercial German-langue newspaper published in Germany”¦s South Seas colonies.


Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (ed.) (2005). Louis Becke, His Native Wife. Edited and Introduced by Dirk H.R. Spennemann. Canberra: Mulini Press. xxxvi, 123 pp., ISBN 978-0-9757232-2-7

A critical edition of Louis Becke's first novella. While the introduction provides the context of the novella and discusses its importance in the literary career of the author , an appendix provides a critical comparison of all editions.

Spennemann, Dirk HR. (2005) The reception of Robbery Under Arms in Albury in 1888/89. Margin n 65, April 2005, pp. 32-35

The paper discusses the Albury connection of the publication history of Rolf Boldrewood's Robber y under Arms and describes the reception the book received while Boldrewood was resident in the town.


Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2004) Fiction Published in Nineteenth Century Samoa Newspapers (1877–1900). Canberra: Mulini Press. iv, 94 pp. ISBN 0-949910-99-6

Perched at ‘The Beach” (now Apia) on Upolu, a small community of expatriate traders and planters gained a foot hold during the second part of the nineteenth century. German, American and British interests competed for supremacy by interfering with local Samoan politics. Despite the small readership base, three newspapers were started up: the Samoa Times in its two incarnations (1877–1881 and 1888–1896) and the Samoa Weekly Herald (1892–1900).
     Typical country newspapers by nature and outlook, these papers provided their readers with local and regional news, political debate through letters to the editor—and a regular a dose of poetry and short fiction. While little is known about the reading habits of the expatriate community on Samoa, these papers provide a glimpse of what the traders and planters read.
     Fiction Published in Nineteenth Century Samoan Newspapers provides an overview of the history papers and an analysis origin of the fiction content as well as an index to poetry and short fiction published in the three newspapers.


Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2003). Brewers and Lawyers—Sketches of Albury Writers. Albury and District Historical Society Bulletin . no. 425, June 2003, p. 6.

Brief overview of the lives of two of Albury's writers, John Farrell and Walter G. Henderson.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2003). Bringing Old Fiction Back to Life—The Publishing Programme of Letao Press. Albury and District Historical Society Bulletin . no. 425, June 2003, p. 5.

Brief narrative of the publishing programme of nineteenth century fiction and literary history.

Downing, Jane & Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2003) Murray’s Game of Consequences. Artreach. The Regional Arts NSW Quarterly Magazine September 2003, p. 23.

Narrative of the progressive novel project conceptualized and coordinated by the authors and carried out by Booranga Writers Albury

Spennemann, Dirk HR (2003) Ephemera of a brewer and journalist: John Farrell’s An Iliad of Albury. Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter 25.67.


Spennemann, Dirk HR (2003) Nineteenth Century Newspapers in Samoa. Australian Newspaper History Group Newsletter 25.68.


Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003). Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s novels in the Albury Banner. Margin 59, pp. 23–28.

Indexing of fiction published by the Border Post and the. Albury Banner and Wodonga Express between 1860 and 1900 showed that of all authors serialised by the newspapers the sensasionalist writer Mary Braddon dominated the pages. The article discusses the Albury serialisations in an Australian context

Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2003) Novels by Instalments. Margin 59, pp. 37-38.

Review of ‘Index to Serials in Australian Periodicals and Newspapers. Nineteenth Century’ by Toni Johnson-Woods (Mulini Press, 2002).


Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002) Literary Albury. A Walking Tour. Brochure, A3 folded to 1/3 A4, 2 leaves with map.
Downing, Jane Jackson, Graham, & Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (eds) (2002) New Albury Writing. Poetry and Prose from Albury & District . Albury, N.S.W.: Letao Publishing. softcover, x, 194 pages, 21 cm, ISBN 1 876940 07 7 [Contents]

The Border Region of Albury-Wodonga has a vibrant writing community. This collection of poetry and prose showcases their work. As a companion volume to ReCollecting Albury Writing, it is a snapshot of current writing, with an eye for the future. Established writers, developing writers and young writers are represented in an exciting mix. [book blurp]

Farrell, John (2002) An Iliad of Albury and Other Poems edited by Jane Downing & Dirk H.R. Spennemann. Albury, N.S.W.: Letao Publishing. softcover, xxx, 184 pages, 21cm, ISBN ISBN: 1 876940 06 9 [Contents]

Ephemera is one of the rarest volumes of Australian verse—a single copy is known to exist. An Iliad of Albury and other Poems compiles all poems John Farrell is known to have published while living and working in Albury. This is the first time Farrell's Albury work has been made available to readers since it first appeared in the late nineteenth century. [book blurp]


Handley Bathurst Sterndale, My Adventures and Researches in the Pacific. Edited, annotated and introduced by Jane Downing and Dirk H.R. Spennemann. Mulini Press: Canberra
xliv, 327 pages. ISBN: 0 949910 86 4.

Handley Bathurst Sterndale (1829-1878), son of a British indigo planter in India, roamed the Pacific in the mid-19th century. He was marooned on an uninhabited island in the Eastern Pacific, engaged in pearl fishing, and made a voyage from Manihiki (Cooks) to Samoa in an open boat with the notorious "Bully" Hayes, a large New Foundland and a very small poodle. He wrote for newspapers in Australia and New Zealand before his Pacific career ended in a violent showdown while a trader and self-appointed "King" of Suwarrow Atoll in the Cooks.
Sterndale first wrote about his adventures and life, enhanced by fictitious embellishments, in 1871 in a series of weekly instalments for the Australian Town and Country Journal. Although he seems to have destined the work for eventual publication in book form, this never eventuated. Reproduced here in its entirety, Sterndale's series takes us through his experiences, his erudition and his vast imagination. Embedded in his narrative is the first piece of Pacific fiction written from an islanders' point of view.

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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2001) ReCollecting Albury Writers. Biographical Sketches from Albury and its District. Albury, N.S.W.: Letao Publishing. 20 pp, 21cm, ISBN 1 876940 04 2

Biographical sketches of nineteen writers of Albury and the surrounding communities. The booklet is the first publication of its kind in the region
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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2001) The Border Post (Albury, NSW) Fiction Index 1856-1885. Albury, N.S.W. : Letao Publishing. ISBN 1 876940 03 4

Founded in 1856, the Border Post was Albury's first newspaper. The range of verse, from doggerel to bush ballads to literary poetry, was a common art form in the mid 19th century. Some of the letters to the editor, as well as some election announcements and even advertisements were expressed in verse. Prose fiction was expensive and was thus limited. This is well reflected in the pages of the Border Post, which focussed on verse over prose in its offerings.
The Border Post (Albury, NSW) Fiction Index 1856–1885 illustrates the wide range of poetry and short fiction offered to the readership, fiction drawn from British, American and Australian papers, magazines and books. The wide scope of the sources used by the Border Post demonstrates the scope of the editors. Far from being a small parochial paper, the Border Post was a major influence shaping the cultural and political development of North-Eastern Victoria and Southern New South Wales.
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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2001) Mrs. "Rolf Boldrewood's" The Flower Garden in Australia. Margin nª 53, April 2001, pp. 10-21.

The paper summarises the Albury period of Margaret Browne, wife of the police magistrate and novelist Thomas A Browne (aka Rolf Boldrewood), detailing her gardens and exhibitions of flowers at the annual Albury Shows. Towards the end of her 10-year stay in Albury, she published 'The Flower Garden in Australia,' the first Australian gardening book ever written by a woman.

Spennemann, Dirk H.R.(2001) Mary Braddon's novels in the Abury Banner. Albury and District Historical Society Bulletin no. 401 (April 2001), p.3; nª 402 (May 2001), p.3.

Indexing of fiction run by the Abury Banner and Wodonga Express between 1860 and 1900 showed that of all authors serialised by the newspaper the sensasionalist writer Mary Braddon dominated the pages. The article briefly discusses the Albury serialisations in an Australian context.


Downing, Jane & Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (eds) (2000) ReCollecting Albury Writing. Poetry and Prose from Albury & District 1859 to 2000. Albury, N.S.W.: Letao Publishing. xvi, 214 pp, 21cm, ISBN 1 876940 00 X [Contents]
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This document forms part of the hypertext curriculum vitae of Dr. Dirk H.R. Spennemann (Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia). If you arrived at this page through a search engine you may wish to call up http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~dspennemwhich will link you to the top of the frame-based CV.