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The Great Depression was a severe and world wide depression of the 1930s that began in 1929.

The Great Depression in the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries Edit

In Australia, 1931, it did not effect the leafy streets of Woollahra, which seemed to Rowland Sinclair to be beyond the reach of the economic crisis.

History Edit

In the 1920s Australia began many building schemes such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and was borrowing from London to pay for these and the Solider Settler Schemes.

In 1929, James Scullin was elected Prime Minister, just a week before the Wall Street Crash. The government grappled with how to respond to the rising unemployment, as men fled the cities in search of work on The Wallaby or to abandon family responsibility. Scullin agreed with Sir Otto Niemeyer's Melbourne Plan, to decrease government spending and increase taxes in order to pay off Australia's debt to Britain. In contrast to this was New South Wales Premier, Jack Lang's plan, the Lang Plan, including a ceasing in interest rate on the loans due to London. This lead to dramatic results, with Jack Lang eventually being dismissed.

Lyons was elected Prime Minister in 1932, unemployment was at its peak, and Australia would only slowly recover from the Great Depression in the lead up to World War Two.

Behind the Scenes Edit

Gentill decided to set her novels in the 1930s, where you can't avoid the Great Depression, because her husband, who is an historian, specialized in 1930s Right Wing Politics, which arose to issue with the Great Depression and masses of unemployed. She said he was sick of reading her stories about Greek myths and wanted her to write about characters name Paul or Peter, and so to keep his attention in her writing, she decided to set her work in the area of his expertise.

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