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First known date: 1869 Issue Details: First known date: 1869... 1869 The Sick Stockrider
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form y separately published work icon The Sick Stockrider ( dir. W. J. Lincoln ) Australia : Lincoln-Cass Films , 1913 Z1661246 1913 single work film/TV A dying stockrider recalls his past, including a chase after the bushranger Captain Starlight.

Notes

  • Appeared in the Colonial Monthly in January 1870 dated 'December, 1869.'
  • Adapted for the 1913 silent film 'The Sick Stockrider' directed by W.J. Lincoln

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
This version of the poem contains an eight-line final stanza omitted from the poem, at the request of the editor when it was first published in the Colonial Monthly, in January 1870. It was also omitted from the poem when Gordon subsequently published it in Bush Ballads. The editors of The Poet's Discovery (1990) comment that although it has been 'sometimes printed as part of the poem by modern editors, it has no textual standing' (p.134).
Notes:
'First appeared in the Colonial Monthly without the final stanza here printed, which was preserved by Mr. J. J. Shillinglaw.' (Bertram Stevens 1907)
Alternative title: The Sick Stock-Rider
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    y separately published work icon Colonial Monthly : An Australian Magazine vol. 5 no. 29 January 1870 Z1085155 1870 periodical issue 1870 pg. 342-344
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    y separately published work icon The Queenslander 20 September 1879 Z1235496 1879 newspaper issue 1879 pg. 361
    Note: In Column: Literature
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    y separately published work icon Australian Ballads and Rhymes : Poems Inspired by Life and Scenery in Australia and New Zealand Douglas Sladen (editor), London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 Z178621 1888 anthology poetry London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 pg. 69-72
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    y separately published work icon A Century of Australian Song Douglas Sladen (editor), London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 Z475202 1888 anthology poetry London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 pg. 177-180
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    y separately published work icon The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 Z59189 1909 anthology poetry humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 pg. 15-19
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    y separately published work icon Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes Adam Lindsay Gordon , Melbourne : Clarson, Massina & Co. , 1870 Z382593 1870 selected work poetry Melbourne : Lothian , 1914 pg. 12-18
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    y separately published work icon The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse Walter Murdoch (editor), Z1021439 1918 anthology poetry London : Oxford University Press , 1918 pg. 16-20
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    y separately published work icon Selections from the Australian Poets Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z521150 1913 anthology poetry Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing , 1925 pg. 53-57
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    y separately published work icon New Song in an Old Land Rex Ingamells (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1943 Z132802 1943 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1943 pg. 47-49
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    y separately published work icon The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse Walter Murdoch (editor), Z1021439 1918 anthology poetry A Book of Australasian Verse Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1945 pg. 9-13
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    y separately published work icon The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse Walter Murdoch (editor), Z1021439 1918 anthology poetry A Book of Australian and New Zealand Verse Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1950 pg. 6-10
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    y separately published work icon An Anthology of Australian Verse George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 6472657 1952 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 pg. 117-119
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    y separately published work icon Old Australian Ballads : An Anthology W. N. Walker (editor), Sydney : School Projects , 1967 Z1569531 1967 anthology poetry children's

    Collection of well known Australian songs and ballads, divided into sections based on the historical subject matter: 'Ball and Chain', 'Bail Up', 'The Roaring Days', 'Where's Your Licence?', 'Stockmen', 'Wool Away!' and 'Such is Life'.

    The sections - and some of the individual works - are prefaced with educational introductions by the editor explaining historical context as well as terms and concepts.

    Australian Scene : Australian Ballads
    Sydney : School Projects , 1967
    pg. 38-41
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    y separately published work icon The Penguin Book of Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 Z334403 1972 anthology poetry Selection of works by Australian poets from Charles Harpur (1813-1868) to Charles Buckmaster (b. 1951). Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 pg. 65-68
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    y separately published work icon The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 35-38
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    y separately published work icon A Treasury of Colonial Poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 Z363730 1982 anthology poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 pg. 135-137
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    y separately published work icon A Collection of Australian Bush Verse Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 Z91384 1989 anthology poetry Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 pg. 14
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    'Poems, stories, letters and extracts from novels, plays and journals present a great variety of responses to Australia and to the art of writing. Items have been arranged into 12 groupings that reflect different ways of seeing the material of Australian writing. Each section has its own introduction. Problems are explained, theories and contexts for a wider understanding are offered. The book includes biographical guides to all authors and a full chronological table of events in the literary history of Australia.'   (Publication summary)

    South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990
    pg. 257-258
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    y separately published work icon The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads [1993] Elizabeth Webby (editor), Philip Butterss (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z136407 1993 anthology poetry humour satire Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 184-186
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    y separately published work icon Our Country : Classic Australian Poetry : From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson Michael Cook (editor), Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 Z1266972 2004 anthology poetry Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 pg. 14-16
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    y separately published work icon Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Kathrine Bell (editor), Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 Z1472336 2007 anthology poetry Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 pg. 22-24
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    y separately published work icon The Sick Stockrider and The Swimmer Adam Lindsay Gordon , Canberra : Mulini Press , 2007 Z1494632 2007 selected work poetry Canberra : Mulini Press , 2007 pg. 7-10
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    y separately published work icon An Anthology of Australian Poetry to 1920 John Kinsella (editor), Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 Z1908582 2007 anthology poetry column prose Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 pg. 193-195
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    y separately published work icon The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 60-63
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    y separately published work icon Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page , Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 Z1570296 2009 single work criticism (taught in 3 units) 'This is a superb introduction to poetry from the nineteenth century to the present. With insight and insider knowledge, poet Geoff Page emphasises the contribution made by the notable generation of Australian poets who emerged during and just after World War II. It includes several contemporary poems which are likely to become classics in the near future. Each poem is followed by a short, lively essay discussing its merits and suggesting why it might be considered a classic.' (Publisher's blurb) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 pg. 19-23
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    y separately published work icon Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

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    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

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    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

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Works about this Work

'The Sick Stockrider' : Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 26-30)
The Grave in the Bush Elizabeth Webby , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tilting at Matilda : Literature, Aborigines, Women and the Church in Contemporary Australia 1994; (p. 30-38)
What Made the Sick Stockrider Sick? The Function of Horses and Fever in A.L. Gordon's `The Sick Stockrider' Barbara Holloway , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 35-42)
Adam Lindsay Gordon as Hero Martin Gray , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 1992; (p. 98-106)
Ballad and Lyric in Australian Poetry Nelson Wattie , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 10 no. 1 1987; (p. 68-76)
Introduction to the Penguin Book of Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine , 1972 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Penguin Book of Australian Verse 1972; (p. 27-53)

Explores the passage of Australian poetry from 1788 to the early 1970s, discussing why the anthology focuses on 'articulate, personal poetry', and is weighted toward the fruitful period after 1930. Highlights important themes and concerns of Australian poetry - the quest for an Antipodean Eden, the pursuit of Romantic idealism within a strongly secular culture, and the need to define an Australian vision and identity against English culture - and assesses the individual contributions of major poets.

The Pessimist in Poetry Benjamin Hoare , 1877 single work criticism
— Appears in: Looking Back Gaily 1877; (p. 56-61)
The Author describes what he claims to be the mistaken attribution of a poem by Mowbray Morris to Adam Lindsay Gordon, highlighting the extreme pessimism in Gordon's writing.
'The Sick Stockrider' : Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 26-30)
Lindsay Gordon Lovers' Society [Meeting Report] 1937 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 May vol. 9 no. 5 1937; (p. 78)
Report of the meeting of 17 April. Includes "a graphic account" of the commemoration for Jennings Carmichael at Orbost; a recitation of 'The Sick Stockrider'; Daley on 'Gone' and the performance of the "playlet" 'The Last Hours of the Poet Gordon' by Robert Khyat.
Lindsay Gordon Lovers' Society [Meeting Report] Frances M. O'Flynn , 1937 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 13 September vol. 9 no. 9 1937; (p. 146)
Report of the meeting 21 August where Miss McMeekin read Harrington's 'At the Graveside' "inspired by the passing of J. Roy Stevens". Other rectals included 'The Carrying of the Baby' and 'The Sick Stockrider'.
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