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  • Title
    Anonymous - 'A Boundary Rider' by 'Back Blocker', ca. 1898, together with an introductory paragraph in the hand of J. F. Archibald
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7131
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1898
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 folder - 0.01 Meters
    Textual Records - (manuscript)

    According to J. F. Archibald's introductory paragraph, this manuscript was found in an abandoned hut on the Western Plains of New South Wales at the end of the 19th century. The anonymous author apparently gave up his work as a boundary rider to go to the war in South Africa. J. F. Archibald was editor of the Bulletin from 1886 to 1903. 'A Boundary Rider' was probably published in the Bulletin early in the 20th century.
  • Scope and Content
    The manuscript describes the solitary and monotonous life of a boundary rider in western New South Wales at the end of the 19th century. It comprises seven foolscap pages written in ink, endorsed on the last page in blue pencil with the title and dated 1898. There are some editorial marks that are not in the author's hand. On a separate leaf, the editorial introduction states that "It tells of the loneliness of the plains as experienced by one unaccustomed to such solitude. With grim humour he details an average day of which three hundred & sixty-five made up his uneventful year."
  • Source
    Acquired from New Century Antiquarian Books in 2002
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and is usually available after 4pm on the next business day. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Published before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 1025619
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