Editorial

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I want to briefly give a modest boast as the Editor of this Magazine because I have received the honour of an OBE for my work on early Australian authors. Of course Margin was mainly responsible for the award and I am grateful to all the subscribers for their support over the last fifteen years, I am not the original editor of Margin, That honour goes to Dennis Davison who started the magazine in Melbourne at Monash University. He intended it to contain the writings of a group at the University staff and students that were interested in early Australian literature. The original title was Margin. Monash Australian Research Group Informal Notes. When I took over as editor I dropped the Monash reference because I had no connection with Monash University and gave Margin a new subtitle Life and Letters of Early Australia. That subtitle remains. Dennis was especially interested in early theatre and especially Marcus Clarke. I first knew Dennis in Armidale N.S.W. where he spent some years as a lecturer in English at the University of New England. He also produced a number of plays there. I remember in particular Reedy River and Ned Kelly. …