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On this day …….. 4th September 1922

The ‘people’s poet’, Henry Lawson, was given a State Funeral at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 4 September, 1922. Thousands watched the funeral leave for Waverley Cemetery. As the coffin was born from the Cathedral, an incident marking the popularity of the deceased attracted the attention of many members of the congregation. A typical countryman, tall, sinewy, and brown, stood like a gaunt statue as the coffin was borne towards the northern door. For a moment he wavered, and then burst into tears that flowed down his rugged cheeks – ‘the grief that must have way’.

 

On this day ………… 20th February 1916

It’s so hot here in February that you can wash out your pants, hang them on the line, and run around the house and take them off dry. Henry Lawson write in a letter to a friend in Leeton, New South Wale, on the 20th of February, 1916. Lawson had been commissioned for two guineas a week to write about the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area which came into being after the construction of Burrinjuck Dam from 1908. The town was ‘dry’, but Lawson was accommodated by the regular ‘drunks’ express’ which steamed to nearby Narrandera and Whitton.

 

On this day …….. 4th September 1922

The ‘people’s poet’, Henry Lawson, was given a State Funeral at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, on 4 September, 1922. Thousands watched the funeral leave for Waverley Cemetery. As the coffin was born from the Cathedral, an incident marking the popularity of the deceased attracted the attention of many members of the congregation. A typical countryman, tall, sinewy, and brown, stood like a gaunt statue as the coffin was borne towards the northern door. For a moment he wavered, and then burst into tears that flowed down his rugged cheeks – ‘the grief that must have way’.

 

On this day ………… 20th February 1916

It’s so hot here in February that you can wash out your pants, hang them on the line, and run around the house and take them off dry. Henry Lawson write in a letter to a friend in Leeton, New South Wale, on the 20th of February, 1916. Lawson had been commissioned for two guineas a week to write about the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area which came into being after the construction of Burrinjuck Dam from 1908. The town was ‘dry’, but Lawson was accommodated by the regular ‘drunks’ express’ which steamed to nearby Narrandera and Whitton.