Nat Gould

His life and books

Legacy of Nat Gould

After Nat Gould died, tributes and letters of appreciation poured out from hosts of enthusiastic admirers.

However he is an important figure even beyond his huge legacy of popular novels, still appreciated today.

Because his books were so widely read, his descriptions of Australian life, based on the eleven years that he spent in Australia, deeply etched themselves in the minds of his readers. Indeed they were responsible for the impression of Australia held in other countries.

"Nat Gould [was] hugely responsible for the creation of an image of Australia and Australians among ordinary people around the world in the first thirty years of this century (1)."

(1) Australia Brought to Book : Responses to Australia by Visiting Writers 1836-1939 : Kaye Harman (1985) page 115.