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The work deals with loss, mourning and remembrance. It also contributes to discourse on a key figure in the teaching and appreciation of Australian literature, Bernard Hickey. Professor Hickey, with Anna Rutherford, established the study of Australian literature in Europe. He worked for several years at universities in Rome and then Venice, and, from 1990 to 2009, was Professor of New Literatures and English at the University of Salenta in Lecce. He was notable for his extraordinary enthusiasm and vitality as an ambassador for Australian literary studies for more than thirty years.