keywords: Henry Lawson

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Lawson long shot

    • Brian Matthews
    • 04 November 2008
    5 Comments

    It's 1996 and I'm saddling up to give the Sir Robert Menzies Lecture at London University. My topic is Henry Lawson and Manning Clark. 'Manfred who?' asks a baffled London colleague. The lecture's on Melbourne Cup Day. It could be an omen.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nothing new in cynicism towards politicians

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 October 2007
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    When reconciliation becomes a last-minute vote catcher, only the deepest, most corrosive cynicism is possible. Trampling on the rights of others for political advantage was the modus operandi of Adelaide's Nomenclature Committee in 1837.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    In search of Henry Lawson's mother's birthplace

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 June 2007
    3 Comments

    A literary pilgrimage to rural lands near Wellington, NSW, while writing a book about Louisa Lawson. You never arrive: there is no pub, no post office, no CWA; no change in the benign parquetry of land ploughed, harvested, under crop, straggling with native scrub.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Drover's Wife echoes in computer data loss

    • Brian Matthews
    • 16 April 2007
    1 Comment

    A desperate attempt to remember often produces fragments which are deeply moving and yet, at the same time, are parodies of the larger, solemn picture we cannot reassemble.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Caught behind

    • Alex McDermott
    • 08 July 2006
    2 Comments

    Alex McDermott examines Brett Hutchins’ Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Of bullocks and bulldust

    • John Sendy
    • 26 June 2006
    1 Comment

    John Sendy revisits Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Godfrey Moase, Emily Millane, Tom Riemer sj
    • 18 June 2006

    Reviews of About face: Asian Accounts of Australia; Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor; The Complete Book of Great Australian Women—Thirty-Six women who changed the course of Australia and The Conclave: A sometimes secret and occasionally bloody history of papal elections

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A race for stayers

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 June 2006

    As Melbourne Cup time comes round each year, I remember—with a mixture of dread and triumph—the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Lecture that I gave on Tuesday, 5 November, in the Chancellors Hall of the University of London Senate House in 1996.

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  • RELIGION

    Are we asleep at the wheel?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 May 2006

    In this edited extract from the 2006 Manning Clark Lecture, ‘5 R’s for the Enlargers: Race, Religion, Respect, Rights and the Republic’, Frank Brennan focuses on respect.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lost in Atlantis

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 May 2006

    ‘Could you tell me how to get to Cudgegong, mate?’

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fish tales

    • Jane Mayo Carolan
    • 10 May 2006

    Jane Mayo Carolan goes Down to the sea: The true saga of an Australian fishing dynasty with John Little.

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