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Issue Details: First known date: 1926... no. 309 February 1926 of The School Paper : Grades VII and VIII est. 1896-1932 The School Paper : Grades VII and VIII
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  • Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed.

    Other material in this issue includes:

    • First Page Photograph: 'The Bush : A Scene in Gippsland, Victoria' (unattributed), [1].
    • Poetry: 'Love Thy Neighbor' by English poet Leight Hunt (1784-1859), with portrait of the author, 6; 'Music' by English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (q.v.), 13.
    • Fiction: 'The Wreck' from David Copperfield by English novelist Charles Dickens (q.v.), with illus. 'Ham watched the sea, standing alone', 7-10.
    • Drama: 'Eleven Men in Buckram' from King Henry the Fourth [sic], Part I, Act II, sc. iv, by English playwright, William Shakespeare (q.v.), with illus. 'Prince Henry (Afterwards King Henry V) is seated; Poins is behind his chair', 10-13.
    • Non-Fiction: 'The Junior Red Cross' (unattributed), with illus. 'Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)', and 'Junior Red Cross Group at Greenvale, Victoria, 14-16
  • Preceding or following each piece is a short glossary of the longer words contained therein, as well as notes about people and places mentioned.


* Contents derived from the 1926 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
National Anthem for Federated Australia An Australian Anthem An Australian National Anthemi"Maker of earth and sea,", J. Brunton Stephens , single work poetry (p. [1]-2)
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. 2-5)
Note: Illustration by E. R. Rix. Caption: 'The dog lies still, an the woman sits as one fascinated.'

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Literary material by Australian authors in this issue:
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