is a fictional character
appearing in several well-known short stories by Australian writer Henry Lawson
.Joe Wilson first appeared in "Brighten's Sister-in-law
," the first story Lawson wrote after his arrival to England, and the longest he had ever written up to that time.The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories
(first published 1986); with an introduction by John Barnes, Camberwell, Victoria: Penguin Books Australia, pp. 13, 224-5 It was first published in Blackwood's Magazine
in November 1900.
Published Joe Wilson Stories
"Joe Wilson's Courtship
" was the final Joe Wilson story to have been written, though, chronologically, its events take place first. In 1901, when all four stories were published in the collection Joe Wilson and His Mates
, the stories were printed in order of narrative chronology.
After the fourth story, Lawson added the following note, under the title "The Writer Wants to Say a Word":