A great novel with a strong plot and cleverly organised development. First printed in serial form in 1881, it was Robbery Under Arms that established Rolf Boldrewood's reputation in the literary world, and by which he is still most widely known.. This book was first published in 1888 and is considered an Australian classic.
Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure In the Bush and In the Goldfields of Australia by Rolf Boldrewood. Thomas Alexander Browne (1826-1915) was an author, who sometimes published under the pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood. True tale of the wilder aspects of Australian life. It will do no discredit to the rising reputation of Australian romance. Presented in the guise of fiction, this chronicle of the Marston family must not be set down by the reader as wholly fanciful or exaggerated. Much of the narrative is literally true, as can be verified by official records. A lifelong residence in Australia may be accepted as a guarantee for fidelity as to local colour and descriptive detail. I take this opportunity of acknowledging the prompt and liberal recognition of the tale by the proprietors of the Sydney Mail, but for which it might never have seen the light.