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No 70 Spring 2002

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The La Trobe Journal

is published by the State Library of Victoria Foundation twice yearly in Autumn and Spring.
Editorial Committee: John Barnes (editor), Sandra Burt (assistant to editor), John Arnold, Shane Carmody, Yvonne Hurley, Wallace Kirsop, Jack Moshakis, Shelley Roberts.
Editorial addresses: Editor, The La Trobe Journal, State Library of Victoria Foundation, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. E-mail:
Contributions are invited on scholarly topics, and are subject to refereeing.
Opinions expressed in The La Trobe Journal are those of the individual contributors and no responsibility for them is accepted by the Editorial Committee or the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
Copyright of material published in The La Trobe Journal is vested in the author, except where stated otherwise.
Members of the State Library of Victoria Foundation receive The La Trobe Journal free as part of their membership. Membership details are given on the inside back cover. Subscriptions are not available to non-members.
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All photographs in this number of The La Trobe Journal are from the State Library of Victoria unless stated otherwise. Library photography is by the Photographic Section of the State Library.


The Lothian Papers is a collection of the records of the Lothian Publishing Company deposited in the State Library by Thomas C. Lothian in 1945 when he began to withdraw from active participation in the firm. In 1982 the then Manager of the Company, his son Louis A. Lothian, authorised the State Library of Victoria to administer the copyright of the collection. The publishing business created by Thomas Lothian is now carried on as Lothian Books, with his grandson, Peter Lothian, as Manager.
The La Trobe Journal gratefully acknowledges the permission of copyright holders to reproduce material that is still in copyright:
Letters of Henry Lawson (Angus and Robertson); ‘Lawson Memories’ by Harry G. Hodges (Lee White); ‘Notes on Lawson's Books’ by E.J.Brady (Edna J. Brady); letter of John Tierney (Jean Baker, B.J.Tierney, A.J.Tierney).
For their special assistance in producing this Henry Lawson Number, grateful thanks are due to:
Des Cowley (Rare Books); Gerard Hayes (Manuscripts); Richard Ratajczak (Rare and Special Collections Library, University of Sydney), Alida Urban (Henry Lawson Society).
Front Cover: Sepia proof sheet of Henry Lawson at Johnson's Studio, Market Street, Sydney, 1915; Moir Collection, State Library of Victoria.
The La Trobe Journal
No. 70 Spring 2002


From the Editorial Chair 2
Cecily Close T.C. Lothian:
Lawson's Melbourne Publisher 5
John Arnold Bringing Lawson to Book:
The Lothian Experience 19
John Barnes Manuscripts in the Lothian Papers 31
Henry Lawson The Britishah Abroad (prose) 32
A Foreign Father (prose) 35
A Child in the Dark, and
a Foreign Father (prose) 41
The Old Men's Home (prose) 50
Lawson's Fall (verse) 52
John Barnes Son of a Foreign Father:
A View of Henry Lawson 53
Vane Lindesay Annotation
Will Dyson's Caricature of Henry Lawson 69
Harry G. Hodges Lawson Memories 72
Christopher Lee The Status of the Aborigine in the Writing of Henry Lawson:
A Reconsideration 74
E.J. Brady Notes on Lawson's Books 84
The La Trobe Journal is edited by John Barnes, assisted by Sandra Burt, and is published twice a year by the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
ISSN 1441-3760