Poet’s Corner links Bourke’s past with today

August 25, 2020


Stonecutter Ian Marr, engraving the words of Bourke poet Andrew Hull, into one of the slate sculptures to be included in the Poet’s Corner renovations. Photo TWH



Bourke’s identity is intertwined with literature, inspiring some of the great writers of the 19th century to immortalise the town in their works.

Poet’s Corner in Central Park honours literary greats Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie and Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant and the site has been renovated as part of the Bourke Shire Council’s town centre improvements. 

The almost forgotten corner of Central Park where the plinths were erected for each of the writers is now an appealing and inviting attraction for visitors and locals.

Modern day ‘Bard of Bourke’ Andrew Hull was entrusted to add text to the sculptures created by landscape artist Richard Stutchbury, who was also responsible for designs in the main street and at the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre.


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