The sun rising

Featured in

  • Published 20101207
  • ISBN: 9781921656187
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

‘THIS IS HOW it was, when I saw you for the first time.’

When Mackenzie Lachlan butted up against the side of Australia he was twenty-five, with nowhere in particular to go and no one in particular to be. Walking up from his ship’s anchorage on the too-bright, too-blue harbour, he turned at the sound of a Glaswegian accent – more angular than his northerly Scots, but still friendly for being familiar – and found himself talking to a rosy man called Ewan who’d been ashore a month and found a job on the railways. ‘It’s way away, laddie,’ he’d said to Mac Lachlan, ‘out in the space where your family must be from,’ and he punched at his shoulder and laughed as Mac frowned. ‘A river called Lachlan, man; I’m taking engines out there, out to the plains.’ And Mac Lachlan, who liked a good story, thought he’d like to see the river that ran along in his name.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

If you are an educator or student wishing to access content for study purposes please contact us at

Share article

More from author

More from this edition

The magnificent Amberson

FictionThe toilet was not what I had expected. Still less the porn.The pedestal in the bathroom of our executive suite at the Roumei Beauty...


FictionMY SISTER LIKES ponies and showjumping and arenas. Sometimes I jump with her because she wants me to. I throw my head back and...

Republic of Outer Barcoo

FictionJODIE'S DESK IN the Capitol building in Wirranbandi is a scratched and gouged door resting across two wooden saw-horses in a room that was...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.