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Blog post from Wednesday, 2 September, 2015

On this day, 2nd September 1922, Australian poet and writer, Henry Lawson died.

Henry Lawson became the first person in NSW to be granted a State funeral as a distinguished citizen rather than a politician. Lawson was acclaimed for his writing, but he also suffered from depression and alcoholism, spending time in Darlinghurst Gaol between 1905 and 1909.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of photographs depicting his life and funeral, as well as personal items including his hat and walking stick. The death mask pictured above is a plaster cast coated with gray paint ; 26 x 18.5 x 16 cm.

Read more about Henry Lawson in the State Library of New South Wales, Discover Collections feature