We have visited the homes of writers in the UK and Europe, but this writer’s house is only a few kilometres from where we live.
Tom Collins is the pen name for Joseph Furphy who, in 1897, wrote one of the first novels to be written by an Australian. Called Such is Life and published in 1903, it is a rambling and sometimes hard to read tale of life in the Australian countryside.
Joseph Furphy lived in the Riverina on the Victorian/NSW border, but in 1905 he moved to Western Australia. He built his own home in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne and lived in it until his death in 1912.
Decades later, the house was moved to the nearby Allen Park, where it became home to the WA branch of the Australian Fellowship of Writers.