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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 200 Years of Australian Writing : An Anthology
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* Contents derived from the Sandy Bay, Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,:VDL Publications , 1997 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Hidden Historyi"We are not aware of the past", Judith Johnson , single work poetry (p. 2-3)
Kathleen, Frances Henry , single work short story historical fiction (p. 4-12)
A Letter From Botany Bay, single work short story (p. 13)
Secretsi"Because of the way they came", Judith Johnson , single work poetry (p. 16)
Light on the Water, Katherine Abetz , single work short story historical fiction (p. 17-24)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 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. 25-31)
The Loaded Dog, Henry Lawson , 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. 32-37)
Faces in the Streeti"They lie, the men who tell us, for reasons of their own,", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 38-40)
Reedy River Ten Miles Down Reedy Riveri"TEN miles down Reedy River", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 41-42)
Note: With title: Reedy River
Such is Life, Joseph Furphy , James Francis , extract novel (p. 43-50)
The Victim, Greg Bogaerts , single work short story historical fiction (p. 51-58)
Ballad of '91i"The price of wool was falling", single work poetry (p. 59-60)
I Wishi"I wish I'd known my grandfather", Judith Johnson , single work poetry (p. 62)
Gallipoli : The Lonesome Pine, Patsy Adam-Smith , extract non-fiction (p. 63-64)
The First Battle, David S. Bird , single work short story historical fiction (p. 65-71)
There With the Heroes, Judy Dungey , single work short story war literature (p. 72-78)
Kangaroo Feathers and Mozart, Elaine Hempton , single work short story (p. 80-86)
The Life and Death of Auntie Ruthie, A. John Davis , single work short story humour (p. 87-91)
We Who Are Left, Doreen Bolton , single work short story (p. 98-103)
Dardenelles, Gwen McCallum , single work short story (p. 104-109)

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