Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Dawe was born in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne in 1880. He left Australia permanently for England in 1892, but travelled extensively throughout his life. After publishing two volumes of poetry in 1885 and 1886, Dawe became a successful popular fiction writer, publishing more than seventy novels in his lifetime - including a well-known crime series based on the adventures of a detective called Leathermouth. Some of his early Australian novels are The Golden Lake (1891), Mount Desolation (1892), The Emu's Head (1893) and Confessions of a Currency Girl (1894). Several of Dawe's later works also feature Australian characters and themes, while many others are set in China and Far East Asia.