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Issue Details: First known date: 1963... 1963 Favourite Australian Stories
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* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,:Nigel Rigby , 1963 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

First appearing in The Bulletin in 1892, Henry Lawson's short story 'The Drovers Wife' is today regarded as a seminal work in the Australian literary tradition. Noted for it's depiction of the bush as harsh, potentially threatening and both isolated and isolating, the story opens with a simple enough premise: an aggressive--and presumably deadly--snake disrupts the working life of a bushwoman and her young children. Brave but cautious, the woman resolves to protect her children since her husband is, characteristically, away from home and of no help. 

As time passes within the story, tension builds, and the snake's symbolic threat takes on layers of meaning as the sleepless heroine recalls previous challenges she faced while her husband was away. A series of flashbacks and recollections propel the story through the single night over which it takes place, and by the time the climax arrives--the confrontation with the snake--readers have learned much about the heroine's strengths and fears, most of the latter involving the loss of children and dark figures who encroach upon her small, vulnerable homestead. To be sure, this "darkness" is highly symbolic, and Lawson's use of imagery invokes Western notions of good and evil as well as gendered and racial stereotypes. 

(p. 1-10)
The Loaded Dog, Henry Lawson , 1899 single work short story humour
Dave and Andy create a bomb to blast fish out of the waterhole. However their dog picks the bomb up and begins a deadly, yet hilarious, game of 'fetch'.
(p. 11-18)
The Batting Wizard from the City, Dal Stivens , 1950 single work short story humour (p. 19-27)
The Perch, Dal Stivens , 1943 single work short story (p. 28-29)
Fishing for Eels, Alan Marshall , 1963 extract autobiography (p. 30-39)
The Jumping Jeweller of Lavender Bay, Hugh Atkinson , 1958 single work short story (p. 40-48)
Clarkey's Dead, Alan Marshall , 1938 single work short story (p. 49-52)
The Lobster and the Lioness, Kodak , 1911 single work short story humour
Thomson, clutching his lobster, is being escorted home from the pub by the friendly policeman, Murphy, when they encounter an escaped circus lion. Murphy bolts, but Thomson, mistaking the lion for a large dog, is unpeturbed. The lioness follows Thomson back to his boarding house and mayhem ensues.
(p. 53-63)
A Golden Shanty, Edward Dyson , 1890 single work short story (p. 64-77)
The Funerals of Malachi Mooney, Edward Dyson , 1900 single work short story humour (p. 78-85)
The Foal, Vance Palmer , 1946 single work short story (p. 86-93)
The Foal, Vance Palmer , 1946 single work short story (p. 86-93)
The Ant-Lion, Judith Wright , 1951 single work short story (p. 94-97)
Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo, Alan Marshall , 1940 single work short story (p. 98-102)
The Pelican, Cecil Mann , 1945 single work short story (p. 103-110)
The Night We Watched for Wallabies, 'Steele Rudd' , 1899 single work short story humour (p. 111-114)
It Finds Its Level, Gavin Casey , 1937 single work short story mystery
Pumping station on a big mine pipeline appears to be run by corrupt staff who sell off gear, but in fact it works by gravity and was never necessary. The poor designer proves to be the company's general manager, famous for initiating the pipeline.
(p. 115-122)
'Twenty Strong', Margaret Trist , 1944 single work short story (p. 123-128)
The School Bus Driver, E. O. Schlunke , 1949 single work short story (p. 129-136)
Quite a Blow, Standby , 1949 single work short story (p. 137-150)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1976 .
      Extent: 194p.
      Reprinted: 1979 , 1995
      ISBN: 0727000853
      Series: Seal Books Rigby (publisher), series - publisher Seal Books is a paperback imprint of Rigby. The popular paperback series was initiated Vernon Branson 1968.
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