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Dairy farm philosopher: J.P. McKinney's ‘According to Noonan’ stories and Ron Campbell's Australian Journal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 November 2017

Roger Osborne*
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While working as a dairy farmer in the Sunshine Coast hinterland during the 1920s, Jack McKinney began contributing short stories to the popular weekly, the Australian Journal. Drawing on his own experience and sense of humour, he developed these stories into a series, ‘According to Noonan’, which the Australian Journal published until 1939 and reprised in the 1950s. This article will examine these stories and consider them in relation to McKinney's later life and writing.

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