voices from the past



Voices from the Past

Australians have always been outspoken. Two famous Australians, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, used their writings to reveal the problems in Australia and also its strength and courage.

The Drover's Wife is a must read if you want to know about what life was like for women in the bush. Henry Lawson shows us a day in her life that captures the isolation and shows her courage and determination.

If you like sports, try Dyson's A Friendly Game of Football. If you like horse racing read Banjo's famous A Dream of the Melbourne Cup, or Father Riley's Horse or Gordon's How We Beat the Favourite. For a good yarn about horse racing try Boake's How Babs Malone Cut Down the Field.

John O'Brien is a favourite of ours. He uses humour in stories like Said Hanrahan to show us his Australia. No belly laughs, but we hope it will bring a smile of recognition as he introduces you to the colourful characters of his day.

Although it was written as a children's book, Ethel Pedley's Dot and the Kangaroo e-book is a delight for the child in all of us. It's a fanciful tale of a little girl lost in the bush and the very outspoken animals that help her get home while riding in the pouch of a friendly kangaroo.

In contrast The Red Kangaroo by Ethel Castilla is the story of a kangaroo hunt that goes wrong in more ways than one. It's an affair of the heart that lead to unexpected consequences for several people.

We hope you enjoy our selection of poems and stories about Australia.

Henry Handel Richardson

Short Story

The Coat

About the author

Victor Daley

Women at the Washtub

Caroline Carleton

Song for Australia

Louisa Lawson

The mother of Henry Lawson


The Digger's Daughter

A Woman's Love

An Australian Song

Articles from The Dawn

Nonsensical Idea

Divorce Extension Bill or The Drunkard's Wife

Boycotting The Dawn

About the author

Rex Ingamells

Camels new

The Camp Fires of the Past new

Captain William Bligh new

The Days of Delight new

Macquarie Harbour new

Shifting Camp new

Ship from the Thames new

About the author

Voices from the Past
Remembrance Poems
Banjo Paterson
Henry Lawson
C J Dennis
Ethel Castilla
Louis Esson
John O'Brien
Ethel C. Pedley
Norman Lindsay
Mary Gilmore
Mary Hannay Foott
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Barcroft Henry Boake
Caroline Carleton
George Essex Evans
Edward George Dyson
Henry Handel Richardson
James Lister Cuthbertson
Louisa Lawson
Inez Hyland
Victor Daley
Henry Kendall
Rex Ingamells
1920s Aussie Dictionary

Edward George Dyson

Friendly Game of Football

Peter Simson's Farm

The Worked-out Mine

The Old Whim Horse

The Happy Flatite

About the author

Inez Hyland

Bread and Wine

James Lister Cuthbertson

The Bush

To a Billy

Australia Federata

The Australian Sunrise

Cape Schanck

About the author

George Essex Evans

The Women Of The West

A Nocturne

In A Garden

A Drought Idyll



About the author

Henry Kendall

The Last of His Tribe

How The Melbourne Cup Was Won

Camped by the Creek


Billy Vickers

Faith In God

Bell Birds

Australian War Song

Bill The Bullock-Driver







September in Australia

The Warrigal

The Australian Emigrant

The Wild Kangaroo

The Barcoo

The Austral Months

About the author


1920s Aussie Dictionary

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