Australia Day / First Birthday Quiz

Today is Australia Day and the first anniversary of the site’s re-launch as one dedicated to reviewing and discussing crime fiction by Australians or about Australia. To celebrate we’ve got a brand new copy of Sulari Gentill’s third crime novel MILES OFF COURSE to give away. The novel is set in 1930’s Australia and I think it’s a corker. It will be officially released on 30 January when I’ll also post my review. Here at Fair Dinkum HQ we think you should have to work a little for your prizes so we’ve devised a quiz with a historical theme. These questions either relate to historical Australian crime fiction or the history of crime fiction in Australia.

  1. Which author is the current holder of the Ned Kelly Award for best novel and what time period does the winning novel take place in? (2 points)
  2. Who won the first Ned Kelly Award and in what year was it awarded? (2 points)
  3. An Australian author who published 34 detective novels between 1926-66 gave his part-aboriginal detective the name of a famous figure from history. Who was the author and what was his detective’s full name? (2 points)
  4. Australia’s first crime novel was published in 1865. Who wrote it and what was it called? (2 points)
  5. In what way is that author acknowledged by the modern crime fiction community? (1 point)
  6. Which novel by Charles Dickens (published before 1865) featured the first Australian criminal in a novel? (1 point)
  7. America’s prestigious Edgar Award for best novel was first issued in 1954 to which Australian author and for what novel? (2 points)

If this is not enough Australian-themed quizzing for you feel free to test your Australian IQ with this quiz from our local paper. It’s nothing to do with crime fiction but it certainly is Aussie (full disclosure I scored 20 out of 25).

Happy Australia Day to you all and if you need some extra motivation to enter the quiz look out for my review of MILES OFF COURSE in a couple of days. I think it’s Sulari Gentill’s best book so far.

Competition Rules

  • Competition open worldwide but if someone from outside Australia wins their prize may be sent via sea mail which can take 12 weeks
  • The entrant with the most number of points will win. If there are multiple people with the same winning score those entrants will go into a draw using (as we only have one copy of the book to give away)
  • Send your answers to fairdinkumcrime AT gmail DOT com and put QUIZ in the subject line
  • Entries must be received by 5:00pm (ACST) on Friday 3 February 2012.

13 thoughts on “Australia Day / First Birthday Quiz

    • For me Bill the day is spent listening to the radio, a national station plays a countdown of the best 100 songs from the previous year in something called the Hottest 100 – a group of friends and I have been listening to this countdown at an Australia day BBQ at one or other of our houses for many years (20ish at least). The station is a youth oriented one and none of us qualify for that particular status any longer but we still enjoy listening … and catching up with each other and remembering previous countdowns and arguing over the best songs and all of that.

      Of course we usually have the Australia Day Test (cricket) playing on TV in the background with the sound turned down too.


    • Thanks Sulari. and best of luck with the new book. I am so glad there’s to be a fourth instalment of Rowly’s adventures this year as I’m not sure I could wait another 12 months.


  1. Happy birthday. I got 13/25 in the Australia quiz despite only being in the country for a week two years ago. Must be all that Peter Temple I’ve read. And all the Aussies I met while I was working in London.


  2. Happy Australia Day!
    I lived near Earl’s Court, London for many years so that almost qualifies me as an Aussie. There was a time when about 50% of the dentists I knew were Aussies, and those were great days although not for my liver.


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