Australia Henry Lawson, 1867–1922 Miniature Sheet MUH (996)
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The stampsThe stamps, illustrated by Jamie and Leanne Tufrey, depict two pieces of Lawson’s short fiction: the very well-known “The Drover’s Wife” and the lesser known “Mitchell: a Character Sketch”. The stories are conveyed through emblematic scenes from each.
$1 The Drover’s Wife“The Drover’s Wife” represents Lawson’s more traditional narrative writing style. The story is set in the remote outback. A strong, long-suffering drover’s wife is left in an isolated hut with four children to tend to, while her drover husband travels for months at a time. The wife displays the resilience to overcome both loneliness and the harsh environment.
$2.95 Mitchell: A Character Sketch“Mitchell: A Character Sketch” is a comedic story that follows the theme of the “little man” who outsmarts figures of authority. Peppered with the slang of the time, the story follows a conversation between Mitchell, a jackeroo and the station cook and his manager, as Mitchell seeks to obtain food for himself and his mates.