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||William G. Hay was born in 1875 into a successful Adelaide family with literary connections. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he decided to become a writer. In 1901 he published his first novel, 'Stifled laughter', returned to Australia, married Mary Williams and settled near Adelaide. Being of 'independent means' he was able to devote himself to full-time writing and he published six novels as well as short stories. The novels were all set in the decade of the 1830's and deal with colonial themes which he painstakingly researched. He died in South Australia in 1945.