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Cecil Winter was born in the 'bush' of New South Wales and was associated with it for much of his life as drover, boundary rider, station hand, axeman and sawmill hand. He also taught in a bush school and worked as postmaster in a bush township, in a single proprietor store and as a coach driver. He later lived in New Zealand and served with the NZ forces in the First World War. E.Morris Miller, in the first volume of Australian Literature from Its Beginnings to 1935, described Winter's poetry as following 'the Lawsonian tradition'. Winter contributed to the Bulletin under the pseudonym, 'Riverina'.
Miller also referred to 'some interesting extracts' from the letters of Joseph Furphy (q.v.) to Winter that were published in the Bulletin, 16 January 1935. The originals of these letters are kept in the State Library of Victoria and a couple have been published in John Barnes, editor, Portable Australian Authors: Joseph Furphy (1981).