Australiana [15 January 1936]

[Editor: These items are from the “Australiana” column published in The World’s News (Sydney, NSW), 15 January 1936.] Australiana The hairless horse Whenever I try to tell the truth about the hairless horse of Queensland the audience walks away without a word — politely, but definitely. Nevertheless, the facts remain. For years along the Balonne […]

A lady not in the very best of circumstances [The Bulletin, 21 August 1886]

[Editor: This untitled article was published in The Bulletin (Sydney, NSW), 21 August 1886.] [A lady not in the very best of circumstances] A lady not in the very best of circumstances, and whose husband retired from the vulgar gaze for two years’ rest just after last criminal sessions at Jingalatonga has been in trouble […]

The “Sundowner” [by Gladys Johns, 4 April 1935]

[Editor: Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 April 1935.] The “Sundowner.” When I first saw him he was loitering in the shade of an old gum tree — his swag, his billy, and his dog. As I passed, I nodded in the friendly bush fashion. “Good-day,” he said. “Kind o’ hot, ain’t it?” I […]

[A dusty old dryblower from the Fields] [28 April 1901]

[Editor: An anecdote (possibly by “Dryblower” Murphy) published in the “Variety Vamps and Sunday Satires” column in The West Australian Sunday Times, 28 April 1901.] [A dusty old dryblower from the Fields] A dusty old dryblower from the Fields recently arrived in Fremantle and put up at a local private boarding house, and having subsisted […]

Extracts from the “Verse and Worse” column [26 May 1901]

[Editor: Some extracts from “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] Verse — and Worse. A politician publican of Fremantle was recently delivering an impassioned address to a group of coal lumpers in his front bar, a few evenings ago, and after denouncing the sitting member, […]