Fecundity [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Fecundity Old Parkinson had eight sons. Or rather, Old Mrs. Parkinson had the eight sons, and Old Parkinson idealistically approved. He was far too much of an idealist to function more than initially as […]

Napoo Singh [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Napoo Singh There was excitement when Napoo Singh died. The Singhs were a small community from India who lived very much by themselves, on a cluster of farms ten miles out from the township, […]

Gold fever [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Gold fever When Old Steve came into the township he had a heavy little canvas bag in his rolled swag. For more than six months he had been prospecting alone out in the mountains, […]

Ironbark [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Ironbark — How did Curley get his leg stiff like that? — Oh, that was years ago, Sonny, before you were born. He scraped his kneecap off on an Ironbark Tree. You see, Curley […]

The darnce [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] The darnce Women in the Bush flowered early, and bore fruit at once, and withered quickly, and died slowly — all because the sun was hot, and food was plentiful, and the men were […]