Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

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Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest writer". He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.

Early Life

Henry Lawson was born in a town on the Grenfell goldfields of New South Wales. His father was Niels Herzberg Larsen, a Norwegian-born miner who went to sea at 21, arrived in Melbourne in 1855 to join the gold rush. Lawson's parents met at the goldfields of Pipeclay (now Eurunderee, New South Wales) Niels and Louisa married on 7 July 1866; he was 32 and ... more »

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  • Paul Herring (7/2/2019 3:44:00 AM)

    Outstanding poem, " The Roaring Days" . Has to be one of Henry's best. So stirring and it paints a picture of what life would have been on the goldfields of middle-to-late 1800s Australia.

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  • Paul Herring (7/2/2019 3:32:00 AM)

    With his fierce rival (AB [Banjo] Paterson) Henry was Australia's greatest poet. He wrote about the Australia of his day and as we say now 'he's been there and done that'. Consider " The Roaring Days" and " Tambaroora Jim" as examples of his work.

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Best Poem of Henry Lawson

A Prouder Man Than You


If you fancy that your people came of better stock than mine,
If you hint of higher breeding by a word or by a sign,
If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do --
Then I'll play no second fiddle: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you think that your profession has the more gentility,
And that you are condescending to be seen along with me;
If you notice that I'm shabby while your clothes are spruce and new --
You have only got to hint it: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you have a swell companion when you see me on the street, ...

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