Henry Lawson

Biography of Henry Lawson (1867 – 1922)

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Henry Lawson (17 June 1867, Grenfell goldfields, New South Wales – 2 September 1922, Sydney) was an Australian writer and poet. Lawson and his contemporary Banjo Patterson are the best-known Australian fiction writers of the colonial period.

His mother was Louisa Lawson 1848 – 1920, a prominent suffragist and owner/editor of The Dawn journal which was partly responsible for Australia becoming one of the first countries to attain adult female suffrage. His father was Niels Larsen, a Norwegian seaman who settled in Australia; on Henry’s birth, the family surname was anglicised and Niels became Peter Lawson.

Henry suffered an ear infection at the age of seven that left him with partial deafness and by the age of fourteen he had lost his hearing entirely. Most of his works focuses on the Australian bush, such as the desolate Past Carin‘, and is considered by some to be among the first accurate descriptions of Australian life as it was at the time. It should be noted, however, that even then the majority of Australians lived in cities like Lawson himself; the bush that Lawson depicted housed only a small minority.

During his later life, the alcohol-addicted writer was probably Australia’s best-known celebrity. At the same time, he was also a frequent beggar on the streets of Sydney, notably at the Circular Quay ferry turnstiles. He was gaoled at Darlinghurst Gaol for drunkenness and non payment of alimony, and recorded his experience in the haunting poem “One Hundred and Three” – his prison number- which was published in 1908. He refers to the prison as “Starvinghurst Gaol” because of the meagre rations given to the inmates.

At his death he was given a state funeral, attended by the Prime Minister W. M. Hughes and Lawson’s brother-in-law, Jack Lang, the Premier of the State of New South Wales, as well as thousands of citizens.

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Poems By Henry Lawson


A Prouder Man Than You (No Comments »)
A Song of Brave Men (No Comments »)
A Song of the Republic (No Comments »)
Above Eurunderee (No Comments »)
After All (No Comments »)
Andy’s Gone With Cattle (No Comments »)
As far as your Rifles Cover (No Comments »)
At The Beating Of A Drum (No Comments »)
Australia’s Peril (No Comments »)
Australian Bards And Bush Reviewers (No Comments »)
Australian Engineers (No Comments »)
Ben Duggan (No Comments »)
Black Bonnet (No Comments »)
Borderland (No Comments »)
Cameron’s Heart (No Comments »)
Cherry- Tree Inn (No Comments »)
Corny Bill (No Comments »)
Dan, The Wreck (No Comments »)
Eureka (No Comments »)
Eurunderee (No Comments »)
Every Man Should have a Rifle (No Comments »)
Faces In The Street (No Comments »)
Fall In, My Men, Fall In (No Comments »)
Flag of the Southern Cross (No Comments »)
For Australia (No Comments »)
For’ard’ (No Comments »)
Freedom on the Wallaby (No Comments »)
From the Bush (No Comments »)
Here Died (No Comments »)
How the Land was Won (No Comments »)
I’ll tell you what you Wanderers (No Comments »)
In The Days When The World Was Wide (No Comments »)
In the Storm that is to come (No Comments »)
In the Street (No Comments »)
Jack Dunn of Nevertire (No Comments »)
Knocked Up (No Comments »)
Marshall’s Mate (No Comments »)
Middleton’s Rouseabout (No Comments »)
Mount Bukaroo (No Comments »)
My Land and I (No Comments »)
On the March (No Comments »)
On The Night Train (No Comments »)
On the Wallaby (No Comments »)
Out Back (No Comments »)
Past Carin’ (No Comments »)
Peter Anderson And Co. (No Comments »)
Queen Hilda of Virland (No Comments »)
Reedy River (No Comments »)
Republican Pioneers (No Comments »)
Said Grenfell to my Spirit (No Comments »)
Scots of the Riverina (No Comments »)
Send Round the Hat (No Comments »)
Sez You (No Comments »)
Sez You’ (No Comments »)
Shadows Before (No Comments »)
Since Then (No Comments »)
Sweeney (No Comments »)
Taking His Chance (No Comments »)
The Ballad Of The Drover (No Comments »)
The Blue Mountains (No Comments »)
The Bush Girl (No Comments »)
The Cambaroora Star (No Comments »)
The Captain of the Push (No Comments »)
The Christ of the ‘Never’ (No Comments »)
The City Bushman (No Comments »)
The Cockney Soul (No Comments »)
The Dons of Spain (No Comments »)
The Drover’s Sweetheart (No Comments »)
The Fight at Eureka Stockade (No Comments »)
The Fire At Ross’s Farm (No Comments »)
The Flour Bin (No Comments »)
The Free-Selector’s Daughter (No Comments »)
The Ghost (No Comments »)
The Glass On The Bar (No Comments »)
The Great Grey Plain (No Comments »)
The Grog-an’Grumble Steeplechase (No Comments »)
The Heart of Australia (No Comments »)
The Iron Wedding Rings (No Comments »)
The League of Nations (No Comments »)
The Lights of Cobb & Co. (No Comments »)
The Loveable Characters (No Comments »)
The Man Who Raised Charlestown (No Comments »)
The Men We Might Have Been (No Comments »)
The Never-Never Country (No Comments »)
The Old Bark School (No Comments »)
The Old Jimmy Woodser (No Comments »)
The Paroo (No Comments »)
The Poets Of The Tomb (No Comments »)
The Professional Wanderer (No Comments »)
The Rhyme of the Three Greybeards (No Comments »)
The Roaring Days (No Comments »)
The Shame of Going Back (No Comments »)
The Shanty On The Rise (No Comments »)
The Shearers (No Comments »)
The Shearers Dream (No Comments »)
The Ships that Won’t Go Down (No Comments »)
The Sliprails And The Spur (No Comments »)
The Song And The Sigh (No Comments »)
The Song of Australia (No Comments »)
The Song Of Old Joe Swallow (No Comments »)
The Song of the Darling River (No Comments »)
The Star of Australasia (No Comments »)
The Teams (No Comments »)
The Things We Dare Not Tell (No Comments »)
The Tragedy (No Comments »)
The Vagabond (No Comments »)
The Wander-Light (No Comments »)
The Wattle (No Comments »)
The Wreck Of The `Derry Castle’ (No Comments »)
To An Old Mate (No Comments »)
To Be Amused (No Comments »)
To Hannah (No Comments »)
Trooper Campbell (No Comments »)
Uncle Harry (No Comments »)
Up The Country (No Comments »)
Victory (No Comments »)
Waratah and Wattle (No Comments »)
When The `Army’ Prays For Watty (No Comments »)
When the Children Come Home (No Comments »)
When Your Pants Begin to Go (No Comments »)
Wide Lies Australia (No Comments »)
Wide Spaces (No Comments »)