Sorrow of Black Alf [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.] Sorrow of Black Alf The aboriginal blackfellows in the Bush knew how to die easily, because they were a dying race, particularly after the white bushwhackers came to replace them as inhabitants of the […]

The crawler [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 crawler A terror-full silence had fallen, chilling the hot afternoon. Young Mrs. Williamson, sewing on the verandah, had looked up suddenly into the cold black eyes of a snake. The snake was advancing […]

Strength of ten [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.] Strength of ten Easily the strongest man was Big Bill O’Reilly, the timber-getter. He would come into the township, cracking his great bullock-whip, imploring and cursing at his team of twenty working bullocks as […]

Willy Ah Foo [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.] Willy Ah Foo We lads thought it particularly noble to steal peanuts from Willy Ah Foo, for the peanuts of Willy Ah Foo were not only remarkably tasty in themselves, but they were grown […]

Mounted on Edith [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.] Mounted on Edith It was seven miles to the Long Paddock from Hanson’s, so young Johnny Hanson, fourteen years old and cocksure, had plenty of time, jogging along on Bluey, to imagine himself bringing […]