Henry Lawson (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Henry Lawson

Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was an Australian writer and bush poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s “greatest short story writer”. A vocal nationalist and republican, Lawson regularly contributed to The Bulletin, and many of his works helped popularise the Australian vernacular in fiction. He wrote prolifically into the 1890s, after which his output declined, in part due to struggles with alcoholism and mental illness. At times destitute, he spent periods in Darlinghurst Gaol and psychiatric institutions. After he died in 1922 following a cerebral haemorrhage, Lawson became the first Australian writer to be granted a state funeral. He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.

Born: Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson, June 17, 1867, Grenfell goldfields, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 2, 1922, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Author, poet, balladist
Children: Joseph, Bertha
Relatives: Louisa Lawson (mother), Bertha McNamara (mother-in-law), Jack Lang (brother-in-law)

About Henry Lawson

Australian colonial period writer and poet who is known for Freedom on the Wallaby and other works. He is considered Australia’s greatest writer of short stories.

Before Fame

He suffered an ear infection in 1876 that caused him to lose his hearing by the time he was fourteen. A decade later, he published his first poem, “A Song of the Republic.”


His image appeared on a 1949 Australian postage stamp.

Family Life

He wed Bertha Bredt and had a son and a daughter. Sadly, his struggles with alcoholism led to the collapse of his marriage.


He was a contemporary of Banjo Paterson.

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Latest information about Henry Lawson updated on September 01, 2020.

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