Summer afternoon, Templestowe by Louis Buvelot, 1866. The bush was commonly seen by 19th-century writers as a place of despair.
White settlers and authors once saw the bush as an alien, despairing place. But writers from Tim Winton to Rachael Treasure now portray the land in complex and optimistic ways.
Waverley Cemetery in Sydney where Henry and Bertha Lawson rest.
Kerrie Davies' A Wife's Heart places her own story alongside that of Henry Lawson's wife.
Henry Lawson in 1915.
State Library of New South Wales
Bertha Lawson alleged that her husband, celebrated poet Henry Lawson, was habitually cruel and drunk.
Bush balladeers celebrate the district, its identities and their adventures.
When Brian the farmer finished his poem the crowd went wild. Small wonder he earned the People’s Choice Award on the night. We were at a so-called poetry “slam” at a country hall in a place so tiny it…