Meet Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson was one of the greatest writers and poets of Australia’s colonial period.
He was born Henry Lawson on 17th June 1867 in Grenfell Goldfields, NSW, Australia.
Lawson’s father was a Norwegian-born miner who had moved to Australia to join the gold rush. His mother Louisa was a feminist and writer who strongly influenced Lawson’s literary work.
As a young boy Lawson suffered an ear infection that left him partially deaf. By the age of 14 he had lost his hearing almost completely. Reading became his main source of education.
Lawson moved to Sydney and began to write. His first published poem, 'A Song of the Republic' appeared in The Bulletin in 1887, when he was only 17.
In 1892 he went on a journey through the outback. The struggles of the people living there had a profound effect on him and became the basis for many of his short stories.
He died on 2nd September 1922 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. His figure is portrayed between 1915 and 1922.
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