C.J. Dennis Associated Material

George Robertson

George Robertson was born in Essex, England in 1860 and emigrated to new Zealand in 1879, and then to Sydney in 1882. He started work in the Sydney branch of the "other" George Robertson, publisher and bookseller of Melbourne. While working there he met David Mackenzie Angus and together they formed the Australian publishing house Angus & Robertson in 1886. Angus died in 1901 and the firm continued under the partnership of Robertson, Frederick Victor Wymark and Richard Thomson. The publishing house became a public company in 1907.

Over the ensuing years, and to this day, the firm of Angus and Robertson became synonymous with the publishing of Australian fiction and poetry. Besides C.J. Dennis, George Robertson also published such authors as Henry Lawson, Mary Gilmore, Miles Franklin, Steele Rudd and many, many others.

Of special interest is a selection of George Robertson's correspondence titled Dear Robertson: Letters to an Australian Publisher.

Relevant CJD Letters
CJD to George Robertson: 1915.03.23 - initial proposal for SB
CJD to George Robertson: 1915.04.08 - response to Robertson's criticisms of above letter
George Robertson to CJD: 1916.05.06 - re letters from other authors and sales figures for SB
CJD to George Robertson: 1916.05.09 - re letter from J.J. Bell, sales figures for SB and writing GM
George Robertson to CJD: 1916.06.16 - suggestions on the text of GM
CJD to George Robertson: 1916.06.21 - re Robertson's letter 1916.06.16
George Robertson to CJD: 1919.05.23 - re American copyright problems
CJD to George Robertson: 1919.10.02 - re dedication of JIM to GR

Other Letters of Interest
Norman Lindsay to Leon Gellert: 1917 - Lindsay's views on Robertson

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