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02 September - Man on $10 note dies alone,

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:50 pm

It happened today -
Saturday, September 2, 1922.


Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best known writers, dies.
Henry Lawson was born on 17 June 1867,
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on the Grenfell goldfields in New South Wales. He became one of Australia's best-known fiction writers of the colonial period.

Most of his works dwelt on the Australian bush, accurately depicting the difficult conditions of life on dry, dusty outback stations and in bush towns. Unlike his contemporary, A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, he did not romanticise life in the bush, and any humour he displayed tended to be dry and sardonic, rather than like Paterson's larrikin wit.

Lawson gained a loyal following when the Bulletin started to publish his stories and poems in 1888. However, although much of his writing was acclaimed, he never really recovered from his childhood hardships and rejection from his peers, and in his later years became an alcoholic.

He spent time in Darlinghurst Gaol between 1905 and 1909 for drunkenness and non-payment of alimony.

The first NSW State Funeral
He died at home alone
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on 2 September 1922. Sydney suburb of Abbotsford of a cerebral haemorrhage.

Lawson became the first person in NSW to be granted a State funeral as a 'distinguished citizen' rather than a politician. The state funeral which was attended by the Prime Minister, William Morris Hughes, and his brother-in-law, Jack Lang, the Premier of New South Wales.

Thousands of citizens who had learned to relate to his writing also paid their respects at his funeral.

Lawson’s image appeared on the first ten-dollar note issued back in 1966.
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