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The first of them, A Golden Shanty (1890), contained 172 pages of literary content. Thirty-one were given over to the lyrics of Victor Daley, a follower of Harpur and Kendall. Two works, the long story 'His Father's Mate', and the city poem 'Faces in the Street', amounting to fourteen pages in all, were contributed by Henry Lawson. e. Andrew Barton Paterson) - 'Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve' and 'Clancy of the Overflow'. Henry Kendall's poem 'In Memoriam: Marcus Clarke' was also included. In 190 I the Bulletin published two more anthologies, The Bulletin Story Book and The Bulletin Reciter.
In what is probably her best story, 'Squeaker's Mate' (from Bush Studies, London, 1902), she concentrates on the tragic loss of bush capability by 'Squeaker's mate', commonly agreed to be 'the best long-haired mate that ever stepped in petticoats'. Her back is broken by a falling branch, and she is permanently deprived of movement, independence and usefulness. But her will and the power of her upper body remain and she uses them to terrible effect in wreaking vengeance, with the help of her faithful dog, on Squeaker's selfish new mate and on the weak-willed snivelling Squeaker himself.
But the Englishman turns out to be a bounder, and Honoria eventually marries the Australian suitor she had previously rejected. Despite a certain exterior roughness, he proves to possess 'chivalry' and 'instinctive good breeding'. ' It is hardly as subtle as the national comparisons of Henry James or Henry Handel Richardson (who criticizes both English and colonial society in The Way Home). A third woman novelist of this period, 'Tasma' Oessie Catherine Couvreur, 1848-97), migrated with her parents to Tasmania when a child.
A History of Australian Literature by Ken Goodwin (auth.)