The mystery of Dave Regan [by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in Short Stories in Prose and Verse (1894). Also published in On the Track (1900).] The mystery of Dave Regan. “And then there was Dave Regan,” said the ‘Trav’ler.’ “Dave used to die oftener than any other bushman I knew. He was always being reported dead and […]

When the Children Come Home [poem by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This poem by Henry Lawson was published in Short Stories in Prose and Verse (1894) and In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses (1896).] When the Children Come Home On a lonely selection far out in the west An old woman works all the day without rest, And she croons, […]

Macquarie’s mate [by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in Short Stories in Prose and Verse, 1894.] Macquarie’s mate (A Darling River sketch.) The chaps in the bar of Stiffner’s shanty were talking about “Macquarie” — an absent shearer who seemed, from their conversation, to be better known than liked by them. “I ain’t seen Macquarie […]

The Legend of Coo-ee Gully [poem by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This poem by Henry Lawson was published in Short Stories in Prose and Verse, 1894.] The Legend of Coo-ee Gully. The night came down thro’ Deadman’s Gap, Where the ghostly saplings bent Before a wind that tore the flies From many a digger’s tent. Dark as pitch, and the rain rushed past On a […]

The bush undertaker [by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in Short Stories in Prose and Verse, 1894.] The bush undertaker. “Five Bob!” The old man shaded his eyes and peered through the dazzling glow of that broiling Christmas Day. He stood just within the door of a slab-and-bark hut situated upon the bank of a barren […]