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A number of Barcroft Boake’s poems are set in the Monaro district of New South Wales, and the adjacent Snowy Mountains.  At the time of his writing the principal towns in this area were Cooma, Jindabyne, Adaminaby and the gold mining town of Kiandra. 

Kiandra is no longer populated and is now part of the Kosciuszko National Park.  The former township sites of Jindabyne and Adaminaby were flooded by the creation of Lake Jindabyne - as a result of damming the Eucumbene and Snowy Rivers for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.  In his work Barcroft refers to the Eucumbene River’s golden sands.  This was a reference to its sandy beaches as it flowed through granite country.

Barcroft’s travels as a stockman and a drover took him to northern New South Wales (Narromine Trangie/Mullah Station, Brewarrina) and Queensland (Cunnamulla/Burrembilla Station, Windorah, Diamantina River) before returning to Bathurst.  When surveying in the Wagga Wagga/Riverina district of New South Wales - to the west of the Snowy Mountains - places where he spent time included Brookong Station, near Boree Creek and Lockhart (then called Green’s Gunyah), The Rock and Tumbarumba.