Henry Lawson’s relics

My book Locating Australian Literary Memory looks at places and sites associated with eleven Australian writers (including Lawson) but while writing, I wasn’t able to dedicate much time/space to objects. Many of the artefacts connected with authors tend to be displayed in literary houses. Due to his lifelong poverty, Lawson doesn’t have a house –…

Memorial trees

While researching the John Shaw Neilson memorial cottage in Nhill, my imagination has been drawn to the swamp behind it. In 1974 it inundated the cottage, leading to rotted timbers. Jaypex Park serves as the gateway for visitors who want to visit the Nhill Swamp Boardwalk. It’s home to a scar tree which has been…

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