Grays Hollow tells of three spoiled Sydney children: Horace, Thelma and Johnny. Their father is seriously ill, and their parents need to take a long sea-voyage and avoid the Australian summer. They have to stay with their cousins—Russell, the twins Madge and Rats, and Hugh— in Buntoora in the Victorian countryside.
‘Why the high-sounding Montague should have given place to the somewhat irrelevant “Rats” it would be difficult to say, but it is probable that not a dozen people in Buntoora could have told you the boy’s real name.’
After some initial animosity, the visitors learn to accept the ways of the bush, and the creed of honour and duty held by their cousins. But Horace has a bad horse-riding accident. Will he live?
The story gives an interesting snapshot of life in a small country town around 1900, with its local schools and entertainments, for Dr Gray, the father, is a country doctor, and not “on the land”. Picnics, riding and outdoor activities figure prominently.
The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family owns the extant copyrights to this story.
First Published in: 1914
First Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Limited
Places First Published: London, Melbourne and Toronto