Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Earle was born in London and educated at Highbury College. A teacher in Singapore, he later emigrated to Victoria to work in the goldfields and was in Ballarat during the Eureka Stockade. He was later employed by the East India Company, returning to Australia to settle in Brisbane where he worked as an accountant and then a journalist, becoming the editor of the Mercantile Gazette. Earle developed his literary interests too, publishing short stories and going on to found, with James Brunton Stephens, Brisbane's influential Johnsonian Club. His best-known book is Ups and Downs; or, Incidents of Australian Life (1861).