The first book published on the subject was supposedly authored by Frank Clune, a tax accountant and travel writer.
But his ghost writer, the man who really authored his books, was a card-carrying Communist, Percy Reginald Stephensen.
The Queensland-born radical and political activist, had been one of the first members of the newly formed Communist Party in 1921.
He took on the Aboriginal cause when he was a student at Queensland University, turning the conservative newspaper on its head by giving it an Aboriginal name.
Unlike his fellow travellers today, he was a nationalist, not an internationalist.
He hated both business and businessmen, dismissing them contemptuously as 'bourgeosie'.
One of his contemporaries at Queensland University was another champion of the worker, 'Banjo' Paterson, who became the only Communist Party representative to officially become a member of the Australian parliament.
In 1924, Stephensen was made Queensland Rhodes Scholar and spent eight years in England, dabbling in publishing, including with Aleister Crowley, an exponent of the black arts.
During World War II, after his return to Australia, he was interned as an enemy alien.