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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Classic Australian Short Stories
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Contents

* Contents derived from the Noble Park, Dandenong area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Five Mile Press , 2001 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
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. 9-18)
Dead Man's Lode, Edward Dyson , 1895 single work short story (p. 19-31)
Starting the Selection, 'Steele Rudd' , 1895 single work short story (p. 32-36)
White-When-He's-Wanted, A. B. Paterson , 1896 single work short story (p. 37-45)
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. 46-56)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 57-76)
Dave's Snake-Bite, 'Steele Rudd' , 1897 single work short story humour (p. 77-83)
Send Round the Hat, Henry Lawson , 1902 single work short story humour (p. 84-104)
Romance of Bullocktown, Marcus Clarke , 1890-1896 single work short story (p. 105-116)
'Water Them Geraniums', Henry Lawson , 1899-1901 single work short story (p. 117-153)
Baptising Bartholomew, 'Steele Rudd' , 1900 single work short story humour (p. 154-162)
The Conquering Bush, Edward Dyson , 1898 single work short story (p. 163-167)
The Union Buries Its Dead, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Describes a bush funeral.
(p. 168-173)
'And Women Must Weep', Henry Handel Richardson , 1931 single work short story The Grown-Up Ball (p. 184-191)
When the Wolf Was at the Door, 'Steele Rudd' , 1895 single work short story humour (p. 192-197)
Going Blind, Henry Lawson , 1895 single work short story
Tells the story of a bushman who is losing his sight and his attempts to remain optimistic.
(p. 198-204)
A Visit to Scrubby Gully, Edward Dyson , 1895 single work short story humour (p. 205-216)
The Oracle at the Races, A. B. Paterson , 1904 single work short story humour (p. 217-223)
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 224-232)
That There Dog O' Mine, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Injured in a drunken brawl, a shearer refuses treatment in a hospital unless his dog, also injured, is allowed to stay as well.
(p. 233-236)

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Last amended 6 Jun 2001 10:33:25
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