Lamond, Henry G

About the author

Henry George Lamond (1885–1969) farmed and wrote in Australia. He was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and the Queensland Agricultural College. As a young man, he had numerous agricultural jobs. From 1927–37 he leased the Molle Islands, off Queensland. He farmed South Molle Island until 1937, when he moved to a farm at Lindum, Brisbane. Rather than farming, it was his writing which increasingly supported his family. From the 1920s, he had been writing short stories and articles, and his first book, the non fiction Horns and Hooves, appeared in 1931. Lamond wrote on Australian wildlife and farming, and wrote several fictional horse titles.

Finding the books
Kilgour’s Mare is findable as a paperback, and looks as if it is available as print-on-demand. It is now, however, easy to find in its hardback incarnations. Amathea (under which title Kilgour’s Mare was originally printed) is very difficult to find. The Red Ruin Mare and The Manx Star are reasonably easy to track down.

Links and sources
Henry G Lamond on Wikipedia
Thanks to Janet for confirming that Amathea was republished as Kilgour’s Mare.

Bibliography (pony books only)

Amathea – the Story of a Horse

Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1937, 133 pp. Not illus.
Reprinted as: Kilgour’s Mare, W Morrow & Company, New York, 1943, 124 pp. Illus Lajos Segner
Armed Services Edition, 1944
Cornford Press, 2007, pb

This is the life story of Amathea, a Western Queensland blood mare, destined for a gruelling life on the station. Amathea is not beautiful, and will probably never win a race, but she “can carry aheavy man for 30 miles without a blink, and she knows with the instinct of her kind how to “cut out” steers from a startled running mob.”

The Red Ruin Mare

Faber & Faber, London, 1968, cover Berthold Wolpe

The Manx Star

Faber & Faber Ltd, London, 1954
Sun Books, South Melbourne, 1979, pb, 261 pp.

Manx Star is a Thoroughbred race horse – a stallion. He is sent to a station as a break in his training, but he escapes, and joins the wild herds of horses.