A Town Like Alice Setting & Symbolism

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Alice Springs

Set on a red landscape beneath blue skies, Alice Springs (often shortened to "Alice") Joe Harman's prewar home. It is located in the Northern Territory of Australia, midway between Adelaide and Darwin. In 1928, Alice has three houses and a pub, but then the railway arrives; in 1930, the flying doctor service begins; in 1939, there are 300 people. Alice becomes a military staging point and in 1945 reaches 750. Currently it has 1,200 and is growing with new houses and shops going up. It is in native son Joe Harman's words, a "bonzer town." While searching for Harman after the war, Jean Paget spends time in Alice and feels instantly at home in this strangely English place. The main street is full of the amenities a young woman could want, including ice cream sodas, to which she treats herself. is also inspired by the quality of life there, and, when she and...

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