'The cast is filled with Australian players, with Arthur Tauchert in the name part and Constance Graham playing Mary Brand, the young housekeeper at old Black's station, who becomes the wife of Joe, the painter. The couple take up farming, but Joe leaves his farm on a business visit to Sydney, and there becomes entangled in the affairs of his sister-in-law Barbara, who has been instrumental in the destruction of a dress belonging to her employers. Joe pays for the dress and takes Barbara back to the bush with him. A bush fire is the means of effecting a reconciliation between Barbara and Harry Black, who has lately been freed from an unhappy marriage.'
'Production of "Joe",' The Mail, 13 September 1924, p.15.
A period drama based on the character created by Henry Lawson, the narrative is set sometime around 1900. A couple attempt to make a go of their lives despite having to contend with many hardships.
'In April 1901, three months after the Commonwealth of Australia had come into existence, Henry Lawson was sitting in London writing a preface to My Brilliant Career, the first novel of his young protegee Miles Franklin: “I saw that the work was Australian – born of the bush . . . the descriptions of bush life and scenery came startlingly, painfully real to me, and I know that, as far as they are concerned, the book is true to Australia – the truest I ever read.” Lawson had been in London since June 1900. He doesn’t appear to have been much interested in the formal trappings and arrangements of Federation, in spite of the ardent nationalist and republican sentiment that runs through all his writing.' (Introduction)