keywords: Joseph Furphy

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The snob who snubbed Australia's Indigenous imagination

    • Brian Matthews
    • 01 May 2015

    Mrs Cowling was formidable. Her significant physical presence was accentuated by a commanding mien, impeccable English enunciation, and an impressive depth and breadth of literary reference supporting rock-firm opinions. All these years later, I wonder just how burdened she was in teaching literature to Australian students, which she continued to do into her 80th year, by her husband's notoriety.

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    Burke, Wills and ... Rudd?

    • Brian Matthews
    • 14 July 2010
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    Burke and Wills have long since attained the kind of heroic status Australians seem inclined to assign to catastrophic failure. But perhaps, in mid 2010, we might see their expedition's story as being more about the strains, perils and transience of leadership.

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    Is this really the worst drought on record?

    • Brian Matthews
    • 02 April 2007
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    Statisticians of weather can have a shot at telling us where this drought stands in the pantheon of arid disasters. Is this the 'worst drought' in a thousand years, as Mike Rann is said to have claimed? Who knows?

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    On country

    • John Sendy
    • 06 July 2006

    John Sendy reviews Words for Country: landscape & language in Australia, Tim Bonyhady and Tom Griffiths, eds.

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    Of bullocks and bulldust

    • John Sendy
    • 26 June 2006
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    John Sendy revisits Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life

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    Here I go on my way

    • Peter Pierce
    • 30 April 2006

    Luke Fraser reviews On the warpath: An anthology of Australian military travel, edited by Robin Gerster and Peter Pierce.

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