|Daily News 1932|
Upfield first wrote it during 1932, the year after he left the bush to live in Perth, Western Australia, and work full-time as a freelance writer. It was published as a serial in a local newspaper, the Daily News, later that year. It was to be published by the (Melbourne) Herald early the next year; but the Herald then decided not to do so.
Nevertheless, in mid-1933 the Herald invited Upfield to join their staff; he accepted and moved to Melbourne to take up the job. He was retrenched when his six-month contract expired, but he had rewritten Breakaway House while with the Herald in the hope they would publish it; they did not. Although set in the same location, the story and its characters were significantly altered.