Scott Limbrick is a writer based in Naarm (Melbourne). His fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, Going Down Swinging, Westerly, Hobart, The Suburban Review, The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Kill Your Darlings’ New Australian Fiction 2021 among others. He is currently the Copyright Agency Frank Moorhouse Fellow.
FictionI touch the wax of their pickaxes, then run my hand along the wax rock of the walls. One man squats a few metres away from the others, holding a pan. As I move towards him, I notice a label with descriptive text about Victoria’s gold rush, a reminder of the foundational gruesomeness of the enterprise – the colonial history of world’s fairs, or zoos, here insisting on itself in a minor carnival of the macabre.