Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Meet Henry

"Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 - 2 September 1922) 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."

I think Henry was a much better poet than Paterson. My favorite Lawson poem is Faces in the Street from In the Days When the World was Wide and Other Verses (1896). A statue of Lawson has just been restored to its position in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney (the motivation behind this post) and a slide show with audio about that can be seen here.
I recommend anyone interested in Australia spend some time with Henry. I visited his grave at Waverley Cemetery, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and decorated with flowers, cards and a few bottles of grog (he liked a drink did Henry).

1 comment:

Henry Lawson fans said...

Hi Jim,

It's great to see someone who appreciates Henry as much as we do!

We re-enacted his Bourke to Hungerford walk in July this year, and the day before we left Sydney for Bourke, we visited his grave, his plaque on the writer's walk at Circular Quay and inspected some of his personal belongings in the Mitchell Library's collection.

The grog you left for Henry was gone when we visited so he must have drunk it!