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The Merino Sheep

by Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) . . . the story continues . . . Then the dogging and shrieking and hustling and tearing have to be gone through all over again. (This on a red-hot day, mind you, with clouds of … Read more

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Out Back

by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) Australian writer The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought, The cheque was spent that the shearer earned, and the sheds were all cut out; The publican’s words were short … Read more

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Been There Before

Been There Before by Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) Australian writer There came a stranger to Walgett town, To Walgett town when the sun was low, And he carried a thirst that was worth a crown, Yet how to quench it he did not know; … Read more

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The Loaded Dog

by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) Australian writer . . . the story continues . . . Andy’s brain still worked on the cartridge; his eye was caught by the glare of an empty kerosene-tin lying in the bushes, and it struck … Read more

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The Loaded Dog

by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) Australian writer . . . the story ends with . . . The retriever went in under the kitchen, amongst the piles, but, luckily for those inside, there was a vicious yellow mongrel cattle-dog sulking and nursing … Read more

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The Warrigal

by Henry Kendall (1839-1882) Australian writer A warrigal is a dingo (wild dog). The warrigal’s lair is pent in bare, Black rocks at the gorge’s mouth; It is set in ways where Summer strays With the sprites of flame and drouth; … Read more

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Where the Pelican Builds

by Mary Hannay Foott (1846-1918) Australian writer Mary Hannay Foott wrote this poem while living in south-west Queensland. This part of Australia is often caught in the cycle of droughts followed by flooding rains. The pelican prefers large expanses of … Read more

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Hist!

by C. J. Dennis (1876-1938) Australian writer Hist! . . . . . . Hark! The night is very dark, And we’ve to go a mile or so Across the Possum Park. Step . . . . . . light, Keeping … Read more

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George Essex Evans

Poems by George E. Evans The Women Of The West A Nocturne In A Garden Riches A Drought Idyll Failure 1863 – 1909 Australian writer GEORGE ESSEX EVANS has over 200 published poems attributed to his name. His work frequently appeared … Read more

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Dot and the Kangaroo

by Ethel C. Pedley (1860 – 1898) . . . the story continues . . . Ihopped up to the stony rise that fringed the plain, and I thought as I did so that I could hear a new sound on … Read more

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