Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian bush poems
Barcroft Boake, 1866-1892
Born and educated in Sydney. He left home at 17 years of age to become
a surveyor's assistant on the Snowy River Scheme. That is where he
developed his love for the bush. Then he became a boundary rider and
drover, later returning to surveying and then returned home. He was often
morose and on the 2nd May 1892 he hanged himself with his stock-whip. He
wrote all his poetry in the 18 months prior to his death.