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Welcome to 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales Audio Podcast!  This is a hand-picked collection of favorites from writers like Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, and many more. I narrate the stories and often add background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. These are suitable for the entire family, enjoyed by all ages and levels of literary experience, and often make great discussion starters for students who are just getting exposed to literature. 

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Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network


Jan 8, 2016

This well-written short story by Henry Lawson tells the story of a lone mother's struggle to make a safe place for her children in the Australian Outback. The story reminds us of those who face real hardships and of the incredible sacrifices that mother's make to protect home and hearth. Although it is a tale from a century ago it is still applicable to today's world.  The moral: be thankful for what you have and aware of the sacrifices of others. Terms used in the story: Bullock- a wild horned steer Swagman: A drifter, named for the bag they often carried, called a swag Bush- any sparsely populated area Sundowner: in this case, a person suffering from dementia, sometimes dangerous Waltzing Matilda- artist unknown. Unofficial theme song of Australia Henry Lawson: (1867-1922) Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary, Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best known Australian poets and writers of the colonial period and is often called "Australia's greatest short story writer". Support our show by pledging $1 a month or more at Enjoy our sister podcast "1001 Heroes, legends, Histories & Mysteries" at all podcatcher sites (like iTunes and, and catch all our shows at Facebook: