From the Bush [poem, 12 September 1896]

[Editor: A poem published in The Free Lance, 12 September 1896.] From the Bush. For the Free Lance. Alone in the bush, my thoughts and I, ’Neath a blusterous wind and a leaden sky, Fit comrades to join in revelry high, Alone in the bush. Did I follow the track, to custom wed, I would […]

The Chinese question: Speech by Mr. Kenneth Mackay, M.L.A. [10 September 1896]

[Editor: An article reporting on a speech by Kenneth Mackay. Published in The Australian Star, 10 September 1896.] The Chinese question. Speech by Mr. Kenneth Mackay, M.L.A. The Joss of cheapness. Chinese in the grocery business — The gospel of our government. At the meeting held at the Royal Hotel, Darlington, on Monday evening, to […]

Auld Lang Syne [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in While the Billy Boils (1896).] Auld Lang Syne There were ten of us there on the wharf when our first mate left for Maoriland, he having been forced to leave Sydney because he could not get anything like regular graft, nor anything like wages for the […]

Baldy Thompson [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in While the Billy Boils (1896).] Baldy Thompson Rough, squarish face, curly auburn wig, bushy grey eyebrows and moustache, and grizzly stubble — eyes that reminded one of Dampier the actor. He was a squatter of the old order — new chum, swagman, drover, shearer, super, pioneer, […]

The geological spieler [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This story by Henry Lawson was published in While the Billy Boils (1896).] The geological spieler There’s nothing so interesting as Geology, even to common and ignorant people, especially when you have a bank or the side of a cutting, studded with fossil fish and things and oysters that were stale when Adam was […]