Such is Life written by Joseph Furphy
Joseph Furphy (Tom Collins) was twice involved in searches for children lost in the bush. A frequent event in the pioneering days. This is a moving image of a moving account of one such occasion.
‘Child lost on Goolumbulla’ a poignant depiction of a quintessential Australian story of a helpless child lost in the bush, and the flurry of fear, hope and energy in the ensuing search. It is a forlorn but absorbing excerpt from Such is Life, written by Joseph Furphy in the 1890s and first published in 1903.
Joseph Furphy – or Tom Collins, to use his pseudonym – was the bullock driver who wrote Such is Life in the 1890s. As a novel of the bush and the outback it is a tour de force of originality and genius. Its characters are unforgettable, but as a work of philosophy it is just as interesting.
Furphy is among the wittiest and most learned writers in the English language. While Such is Life is one of the greatest treasures of Australian literature.