Henry LawsonTo People
Henry Lawson is one of Australia's most loved and renowned poets. Starting adult life as a builder, working for his father in the Blue Mountains, he soon moved to Sydney to live with his mother and further his studies. Plagued by incurable deafness, he found solice in the written word and, like his peer Banjo Paterson, he contributed his verse and prose to the Bulletin, Boomerang, Republican and the Worker. Lawson described Paterson as a "romantic" while Paterson described Lawson as being full of "doom and gloom". Lawson was famous for the story "The Drover's Wife" about ordinary people living and subsisting off the land. His later life was coloured by alcoholism and he died the Sydney suburb of Abbotsford in 1922. He is buried at Waverley Cemetery.