- 6 August 1826
- 11 March 1915
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
- Alternative Names
- Browne, Thomas Alexander (Birth name)
Boldrewood was born Thomas Alexander Browne in London, and came to Australia with his family at the age of five, where he was educated at Sydney College. From the 1840s to the 1860s Boldrewood owned and worked on several different cattle and sheep stations in NSW, before drought forced him to move to Sydney in 1869 with his wife and young family. His first novel, My Run Home (1874) was serialised initially in the Australian Town and Country Journal, and then later published as part of Macmillan's Colonial Library in 1897. Macmillan's Colonial Library also published his book of autobiographical sketches, Old Melbourne Memories (1884), and almost a dozen of his other novels, including his most famous work, Robbery Under Arms (1882). Boldrewood also wrote sketches and travel prose for newspapers, and numerous short stories, some of which were published in A Romance of Canvas Town and Other Stories (1898) and In Bad Company and Other Stories (1901).