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Born in Grenfell NSW in 1867, many of Henry Lawson’s stories and poems are framed in the Mudgee / Gulgong district’s scenery where he grew till the age of 15. Before leaving school to work with his father as a carpenter building houses and other buildings in the district for a few years.
A montage of goldrush-era Gulgong street scenes was used as a backdrop to the portrait of Lawson on the first Australian ten dollar note.
The Lawson family moved to the Gulgong goldfields in late 1871. Henry’s mother Louisa opened a dressmaking shop with two of her sisters. Meanwhile Henry’s father Peter had staked a claim at Happy Valley where he struck a little gold.
Around this time Louisa Lawson took the children, along with her mother, and several of her sisters, to Sydney for a holiday where they stayed in a boarding-house. It was there that Henry Lawson, who was four at the time, wandered off and got lost before showing up in a brothel wearing velveteen knickerbockers.