Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson: The Great Bulletin Debate

In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular Bulletin magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider class-division debate Australia was experiencing at the time. Lawson was the champion of the Bush and City battlers, while Patterson was accused of having a more "squattocracy", romanticised view of the Bush. Later radical historians like Russell Ward saw even deeper divisions in Australian society that were being touched on by these two poets. We explore these divisions through their writing.

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Any of Lawson’s or Patterson’s works

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The writings of Lawson and Patterson that illustrate their attitudes towards Australia’s post-contact relationship with the Bush and the City
  • Commentaries on their works
  • The wider social themes at the time including class divisions and the itinerant worker v settler conflict

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the context in which Lawson and Patterson wrote
  2. Understand the debate at the time conducted through the columns of the Bulletin magazine
  3. Use this information to help illustrate the nature of social evolution and division in Australia today.
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

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07 May
$39 Limited

<p>In the 1890s Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson agreed to a "write-off" in the popular <em>Bulletin</em> magazine. Their differences over the City and the Bush became representative of a wider

...
07 May

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