Scott Limbrick is a writer based in Naarm (Melbourne). His fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, Going Down Swinging, Westerly, Hobart, The Suburban Review and Kill Your Darlings’ New Australian Fiction 2021 among others. His short-story collection Flaring Out was shortlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.
Photo credit: Leah Jing McIntosh
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.