An Old Mate of Your Father's single work   short story  
  • Author: Henry Lawson
First known date: 1893 Issue Details: First known date: 1893 1893
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The narrator remembers how his father would be visited by old mates and how they sit together talking about their days on the Ballarat and Bendigo goldfields.


form y Tommy Cliff Green , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 7140416 1980 single work single work film/TV

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Worker vol. 2 no. 38 24 June 1893 Z1635017 1893 newspaper issue 1893 pg. 4
  • Appears in:
    y While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson , Paul Eggert (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013 6155517 2013 selected work short story (taught in 3 units)

    'Fifty-two of Henry Lawson's stories and sketches that he had first published in newspapers and magazines from 1888 onwards were gathered in his collection While the Billy Boils (Angus & Robertson, 1896). Lawson was not responsible for their ordering and he had to give ground on their texts, especially on his idiosyncratic presentation of wordings that helped to breathe life into his characters and situations. The present edition dismantles the fait accompli of 1896 by presenting the individual items in the chronological order of their first publication and with their original newspaper texts. This will allow a new appreciation of Lawson's writing, one that is attentive to his developing powers.

    'The edition also facilitates a close study of Lawson's collaboration with the producers of the collection in 1896, in particular with his copy-editor Arthur W. Jose and publisher George Robertson. Facsimile images (available online) of the printer's copy that they prepared for While the Billy Boils supplement the edition's listing of the alterations that each of them made, revealing the textual history of each story or sketch.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013
    pg. 135-142

Works about this Work

Tommy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 196-247)
Tommy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 196-247)
Last amended 13 Jan 2015 11:42:18