DAVIS, Arthur Hoey, Australian literary man: b. Drayton, Queensland, Australia, 14 Nov. 1861. After spending six years in a somewhat venturesome life for a boy, from 1882 to 1888, on sheep and stock farms, he entered the office of the curator of Intestate Estates at Brisbane, and the following year he became clerk in the sheriff's office and under-sheriff in 1902, a position which he left the following year to found Steel Rudd's Magazine, a journal which was destined to exert a very considerable influence on contemporary Australian thought and literature. Davis, or °Steel Rudd,* the name by which he is universally known, may be said to have created an Australian literary school of his own and to have done more than any other modern Australian writer to bring his country before the eye of the public. He has encouraged the younger generation of Australian writers to renewed literary efforts, through the columns of his magazine which have been always invitingly open to them. As
the chronicler of the lives of the people of the °back country" he became famous in Australia in 1906, and soon thereafter he acquired an international reputation, to such an extent, in fact that, as a critic complains, there seems to be only one name in modern Australian literature worth chronicling. His language is terse. vivid, picturesque, and his power of depicting the life he presents is noticeable in all he does. Among his works which have attracted attention at home and outside Australia are 'On Our Sec tion' (1899) ; 'Our New Section' (1903) ; 'Dad in Politic& (1904-05) ; (Sandy's Section.' Davis has been called the Mark Twain of Australia, and his "Dad,") the father of the Rudd family, has been compared to the work of the great American humorist.