Henry Lawson Centre Gulgong

Henry Lawson remains, arguably, the best known Australian writer. His poetry and prose are still widely quoted. Most of his works are still in print. His images are those most often used by Australians to depict the kind of country they admire.

The Henry Lawson Centre is a museum dedicated to Lawson's life and literary works, and to the family, friends, literary characters and places that filled his years with a display of photos, oil paintings and prints, first edition books, manuscripts and much more. The building housing the museum was once a Salvation Army Hall and the original altar is still in place. The Centre has been commended by the Museums and Galleries Foundation for the high quality of its displays, and has won an award of distinction in the 2000 New South Wales Awards for Excellence in Tourism.

Henry Lawson's parents brought him from Grenfell to Eurunderee, a small village between Mudgee and Gulgong, when he was an infant, and he spent his childhood and early teens in the Eurunderee/Gulgong/Mudgee district. The scenes and experiences of these years influenced Lawson enormously. They appear, with vivid clarity, in many of his works.

The Henry Lawson Centre takes the visitor through the phases of the writer's life, from his birth in 1867 to his death in 1922, through a series of illustrated wall displays. These pay special attention to Lawson's concerns and his influence on the affairs of the day: justice for workers, the republic, the plight of the poor, and the emancipation of women.

The centre is not for profit and is staffed and maintained by volunteers. When visiting you will find a collection of books, artifacts and art works, including rare items. A large number of items are also for sale, including CDs, books, prints and various small items, with an emphasis on Henry Lawson and his writings.

Henry Lawson's influence lives on in Gulgong!


Due to the spread of Covid-19, the Henry Lawson Museum in Gulgong will be closed until further notice.

Unfortunately, the Henry Lawson Heritage Festival and Literary Awards have also been cancelled for 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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