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Barr, John A

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1855-1907) New Zealand solicitor and author who also wrote as by R W Brock and Gilbert Rock; after proving unable to meet his costs on a property development, he left New Zealand, unfortunately for his reputation departing before the transfer of his obligations had been properly established in law. The Crime of the Golden Gully: An Australian Romance (1888) as by Gilbert Rock, an adventure tale centring on the discovery of a gold mine, edges towards the fantastic. Of more sf interest is Mihawhenua: The Adventures of a Party of Tourists [for full subtitle see Checklist below] (1888) as by R W Brock, a Lost Race tale whose white protagonist, visiting a coastal Island, discovers there an Underground civilization, apparently of pre-Maori stock. [JC/MA]

John Alexander Barr

born Dunedin, New Zealand: 25 August 1855

died London: 22 July 1907



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