Literary Influence, Canonicity and the Historical in the Career of William Gosse Hay

William Gosse Hay (1875-1945)
William Gosse Hay
(1875-1945)

Dr Rachael Weaver

This Hugh Williamson Foundation Fellowship project at the University of Melbourne Archives will focus on the papers of the enigmatic post-Federation author of historical fiction William Gosse Hay (1875-1945). Hay was relatively unknown in Australia in his lifetime, but soon after his death, in 1946, a special edition of Southerly was devoted to his work.

The journal’s editor, RG Howarth, noted that “Hay anticipates and touches the moderns” and compared him to writers such as Patrick White and Eleanor Dark. The originality and significance of this project lies in its excavation of new insights into Hay’s career and the way it has been understood over time.


About Dr Rachael Weaver

Rachael Weaver is ARC Senior Research Fellow in English and Theatre Studies at the Australian Centre in the Faculty of Arts. Rachael is co-editor (with Ken Gelder) of four anthologies of colonial popular fiction, covering the Gothic, crime fiction, romance and adventure (all published by MUP) as well as The Colonial Journals, and the emergence of Australian literary culture (University of Western Australia Publishing, 2014). Her most recent book with Ken Gelder is Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (Sydney University Press, 2017). Their co-authored book The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in March 2020.

Rachael Weaver academic profile