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.

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