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A Bit Of Trivia About The Aussie DROVER

DROVER - Australian National Character:

The Aussie Bushman celebratedin poems such as "The Man from Snowy River".  A tough bloke, a hero of the pioneers, pushing back the frontiers for white settlers in this new land and prove that the Aussie battler, was as good as the next man. Henry Lawson's view of bush life and the bush was much more critical and pessimistic than Banjo Paterson's, as he saw the hardships suffered by the poor whether they lived in the city or the bush, but he too looked to bush life for the development of a new Australian character which would be different from the English.

DROVERS WIFE - Women in the Bush:

The DROVER as depicted by writers such as Lawson, Paterson, Miles Franklin, Joseph Furphy, and a host of others, was, of course male. Women are frequently absent, or at best are marginal figures, in ballads and stories of bush life which deal with the nomadic life of the swagmen looking for work, of drovers driving their cattle across hundreds or thousands of miles of sparsely settled country, of incidents which take place in the shearing shed, the pub or the bush camp. When they do appear, it is often in the role of the wife who is left behind while her husband goes off working, and it is this aspect of women's life in the bush which Lawson focuses on in his famous tale "The Drover's Wife".

 "The Drover's Wife" (1892) By: Henry Lawson,

Henry Lawson portrays the drover's wife with a lot of sympathy, but does seem to imply that the life is unnatural and destructive, even though she can cope with it - the Bush is "no place for a woman". The story itself is both well written and interesting, using the incident of the snake to suggest that the life of the drover's wife is a hard, lonely one, livened up from time to time by episodes which only serve to heighten our sense of the woman's courage and endurance. The woman, the drover's wife, has no name. She is a representative figure, one of the "gaunt and haggard women who live alone and work like men" - alone, that is, except for their children and the livestock they have to care for.

The cyclic pattern of the narrative gives a structural framework to a story in which very little actually happens. The killing of the snake finishes the story, but it is clear that it is just another episode in the life of the woman, and the end of the story itself creates a fine sense of ambiguity. 

Louisa Lawson's account of the bushwoman is both more and less pessimistic than her son's: she doesn't say that the bush is no place for a woman, but she does show that it can be dangerous because women are more vulnerable to the violence and domination of their husbands when they live so far from other people.  



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