Henry Lawson’s 146th Birthday

Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922) was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s „greatest writer“. He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.

Lawson’s first published poem was ‚A Song of the Republic‘ which appeared in The Bulletin, 1 October 1887; his mother’s republican friends were an influence. This was followed by ‚The Wreck of the Derry Castle‚ and then ‚Golden Gully.‘

Lawson’s most successful prose collection is While the Billy Boils, published in 1896.

In 1949 Lawson was the subject of an Australian postage stamp.


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