Two Boys at Grinder Bros single work   short story  
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1900 1900
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Bill Anderson, known as 'Carstor Hoil' because of his habit of drinking machine oil in return for tobacco, is a fourteen or fifteen-year-old larrikin employed at Grinder Bros' Railway Coach Factory. He and his mates torment 'Balmy Arvie', Arvie Aspinall, a lonely boy working with the subcontractor Collins, whose child workers are known as 'Collins's Babies'. When Bill discovers Arvie lives in Bill's old home in Jones's Alley, and that they have a number of other things in common, he becomes Arvie's protector, but his change of heart comes too late.

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Works about this Work

Henry Lawson's Socialist Vision Michael Wilding , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Studies in Classic Australian Fiction 1997; (p. 32-75) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 30)
Wilding challenges the critical consensus that dismisses Lawson's political writing. Wilding demonstrates that when these stories are analysed in historical and intellectual contexts a "rich specificity of social observation and political thought" is revealed.
Henry Lawson's Socialist Vision Michael Wilding , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Studies in Classic Australian Fiction 1997; (p. 32-75) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 30)
Wilding challenges the critical consensus that dismisses Lawson's political writing. Wilding demonstrates that when these stories are analysed in historical and intellectual contexts a "rich specificity of social observation and political thought" is revealed.
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