• Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1898... 1898 They Wait on the Wharf in Black : Told by Mitchell's Mate
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The narrator, Mitchell and The Oracle, are travelling back steerage from Western Australia. One of their fellow travellers, an elderly digger called Tom, is returning home because his wife has died. When they reach Sydney Tom's children are waiting on the wharf for him and Mitchell demonstrates true kindness.


  • Epigraph: 'Seems to me that honest, hard-working men seem to accumulate the heaviest swags of trouble in this world. - Steelman'

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