Lawson, Henry

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Lawson, Henry Gender: M
Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson
born on 17 June 1867 at 00:01 (= 12:01 AM )
Place Grenfell, Australia, 33s54, 148e10
Timezone LMT m148e10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 24°54' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 18°10 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 25°28'

Henry Lawson (circa 1902)


Australian writer and poet whose work focuses on the Australian bush. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest short story writer."

Henry Lawson was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson. Around 1876 he suffered an ear infection which left him with partial deafness and by the age of fourteen he had lost his hearing entirely. Lawson's first published poem was 'A Song of the Republic' which appeared in The Bulletin, 1 October 1887. His most successful prose collection is While the Billy Boils, published in 1896.

Also in 1896, he married Bertha Bredt Jr., daughter of Bertha Bredt, the prominent socialist. They had two children, son Jim (Joseph) and daughter Bertha. Henry Lawson died, of cerebral hemorrhage, in Abbotsford, Sydney on 2 September 1922. In 1949 Lawson was honoured as the subject of an Australian postage stamp. He was featured on the first (paper) Australian ten dollar note issued in 1966 when decimal currency was first introduced into Australia.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The Real Henry Lawson" by Colin Arthur Roderick (Rigby, 1982), p. 7: "on the night of 16-17 June 1867 when Henry Lawson was born at Grenfell, New South Wales. . . . On the report of his matter-of-fact Aunt Emma . . . he was born in a hut serving as the temporary hospital." Futher, according to "Henry Lawson: Death of Australia's Great Poetic Genius," The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, 7 September 1922, p. 7: he was "born at midnight."


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Ears (Deaf)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet