Significant events and commemorative dates

26 January: Australia Day Australia Day, the 26th of January, is the anniversary of the foundation of the British colony at Sydney, New South Wales, in 1788. In early years it was commemorated as the First Landing day, then as Anniversary Day, then as Foundation Day. It was also known as ANA Day, due to […]

Hymn for Airmen [poem by L. E. Homfray, 31 July 1940]

[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales, 31 July 1940.] Hymn for Airmen. Tune: Old Hundredth. Oh! Thou Who holdest in Thy hands Each wonder of the starry heights, Look down in mercy, and defend Our airmen […]

A Song of Youth [poem by L. E. Homfray, 20 July 1937]

[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July 1937.] A Song of Youth. The world is ours, and our hearts are light, Join with us in a happy song. The spirit of youth is ours to-day, Merrily, merrily, march along. The golden moments go fleeting by, All […]

Dreams [poem by L. E. Homfray, 12 January 1937]

[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 January 1937.] Dreams. When dreams come true, my dearest — When heart meets heart again, Shall we forget the parting — Shall we forget the pain? Those days of dark estrangement, And nights of vain regret, In some far-distant country, […]

Childhood [poem by L. E. Homfray, 1 September 1936]

[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 September 1936.] Childhood. Two clinging hands encircle mine, Two dimpled hands, so soft and small. Yet, by the wondrous power of love, They hold my heart in willing thrall. Two restless, faltering, baby feet Come tripping round me all the […]