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* Contents derived from the Frenchs Forest,Killarney Heights - Frenchs Forest area,Sydney Northeastern Suburbs,Sydney,New South Wales,:Reed,1987 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Lawson writes about the remote town of Hungerford, which straddles the N.S.W. and Queensland border. Lawson's story is derived from his visit to Hungerford in January 1893, when he and James Gordon (and possibly Ernest de Guinney) walked there from Torale shearing shed, near Bourke.
The narrator senses the beginning of the end of old times as one of his mates, a carpenter, sets off for New Zealand to seek employment. The narrator feels that his mate is only the first of their 'push' of ten to leave New South Wales.