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Bush Debate

Andrew B. Paterson (1864-1941)

1. Borderland by Henry Lawson
2. In Defence of the Bush by Banjo Paterson
3. The Fact of the Matter by Edward Dyson
4. In Answer to "Banjo" and Otherwise by Henry Lawson
5. The Overflow of Clancy by H.H.C.C. (probably Henry Lawson)
6. Banjo of the Overflow by Francis Kenna
7. In Answer to Various Bards by Banjo Paterson
8. The Poets of the Tomb by Henry Lawson
9. Up the Country by Henry Lawson
10. In Defence of the Bush by Banjo Paterson
11. The Fact of the Matter by Edward Dyson
12. The City Bushman by Henry Lawson
13. The Overflow of Clancy by H.H.C.C. (probably Henry Lawson)
14. Banjo of the Overflow by Francis Kenna
15. An Answer to Various Bards by Banjo Paterson
16. The Poets of the Tomb by Henry Lawson

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Summary

In 1892, two of Australia's best poets came up with a scheme to make some money. They arranged to have an argument in the Weekly Bulletin, and since they were being paid by the word, this let them fire back and forth, being sent beer money with each salvo. A couple of other poets also joined in, and their work is seminal to the development of the Bush ethos in Australia. The first eight files are the original form of the poems, and the second eight are later republications by the authors, in their own collections.