y Best Australian Short Stories anthology   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1971 1971
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* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Lloyd O'Neil , 1971 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story Die Frau des Viehtreibers (p. 1-8)
The Bush Undertaker, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
An old shepherd discovers his mate, Brummy, dead and mummified in the bush. Saddened, he feels compelled to bury him.
(p. 9-16)
A Profitable Pub, E. G. D. , 1887 single work short story humour The Golden Shanty (p. 17-28)
Note: With title: A Golden Shanty
A Visit to Scrubby Gully, Edward Dyson , 1895 single work short story humour (p. 29-37)
A Midsummer Night's Idyll, Titus Salt , 1891 single work short story humour The Deeply Poetic Account of a Midsummer Night's Idyll (p. 38-45)
Note: With title: 'The Deeply Poetic Account of a Midsummer Night's Idyll'. Minor variants in text from original version.
Lieutenant Darrell's Predicament, 'Price Warung' , 1890 single work short story (p. 46-62)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , 1896 single work short story (p. 63-69)
Billy Skywonkie, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 70-82)
Piety's Monument, Point Blank , 1903 single work short story (p. 83-86)
Destiny, Frank Penn-Smith , 1925-1928 single work short story fable (p. 87-90)
The Methodical Mr. Burr, Louis Becke , 1893 single work short story The Methodical Mr Burr of Majuru (p. 91-95)
Note: With title: 'The Methodical Mr Burr of Majuru'
The Cast-Iron Canvasser, A. B. Paterson , 1891 single work short story humour satire science fiction (p. 96-104)
Wharf Labourers, Robert Brothers , 1914 single work short story (p. 105-108)
The Outcasts, Norman Lindsay , 1915 extract novel humour
Chapter Five of Saturdee
(p. 109-121)
Adventure : A Fantasy of the Ranges, Hugh McCrae , 1941 single work short story Adventure (p. 122-123)
Note: With title: Adventure
The Bath : An Aquarelle, Henry Handel Richardson , 1929 single work short story (p. 124-127)
The Duel, William Baylebridge , 1921 single work short story war literature (p. 128-130)
Mathieson's Wife, Vance Palmer , 1949 single work short story (p. 131-146)
The Cooboo, Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1927 single work short story
Set on the wide plains of the Murndoo station, 'The Cooboo' is the story of Rose, a Wongana woman, mother, and stockwoman.
(p. 147-150)
The Vine-Dweller, Les Robinson , 1944 single work short story (p. 151-154)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

This anthology is drawn from the earlier collections, Short Stories of Australia : The Moderns (ed. Beatrice Davis, q.v.), and Short Stories of Australia : The Lawson Tradition (ed. Douglas Stewart, q.v. ). Includes brief biographical notes on the authors.
Last amended 5 Aug 2008
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