How Steelman told his story [short story, by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This is a chapter from On the Track (1900) by Henry Lawson.] How Steelman told his story It was Steelman’s humour, in some of his moods, to take Smith into his confidence, as some old bushmen do their dogs. “You’re nearly as good as an intelligent sheep-dog to talk to, Smith — when a […]

An oversight of Steelman’s [short story, by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This is a chapter from On the Track (1900) by Henry Lawson.] An oversight of Steelman’s Steelman and Smith — professional wanderers — were making back for Wellington, down through the wide and rather dreary-looking Hutt Valley. They were broke. They carried their few remaining belongings in two skimpy, amateurish-looking swags. Steelman had fourpence […]

Payable gold [short story, by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This is a chapter from On the Track (1900) by Henry Lawson.] Payable gold Among the crowds who left the Victorian side for New South Wales about the time Gulgong broke out was an old Ballarat digger named Peter McKenzie. He had married and retired from the mining some years previously and had made […]

“A rough shed” [short story, by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This is a chapter from On the Track (1900) by Henry Lawson.] “A rough shed” A hot, breathless, blinding sunrise — the sun having appeared suddenly above the ragged edge of the barren scrub like a great disc of molten steel. No hint of a morning breeze before it, no sign on earth or […]

Mr. Smellingscheck [short story, by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This is a chapter from On the Track (1900) by Henry Lawson.] Mr. Smellingscheck I met him in a sixpenny restaurant — “All meals, 6d. — Good beds, 1s.” That was before sixpenny restaurants rose to a third-class position, and became possibly respectable places to live in, through the establishment, beneath them, of fourpenny […]