- 23 August 1856
- 29 January 1932
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Fletcher was born in London and came to Australia in 1872, living in Tasmania and travelling through the Australian colonies and New Zealand before going to live in Europe. He returned to Australia many years later and began writing fiction, with short stories appearing in the Bulletin from the mid-1890s. His first novel, The North Shore Mystery (1899), was a detective story praised in reviews of the time for being 'distinctively Australian.' His subsequent 'Wayback' series of novels - including The Waybacks: In Town and at Home (1902) and The Waybacks Again, or, Love at Dingo Flat (1910) - were humorous portrayals of a bush family that were successfully adapted for the theatre in 1916.