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, […]

Aussiosities [8 March 1918]

[Editor: The “Aussiosities” column of anecdotes and humourous items. Published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] Aussiosities. The bombing instructor was handing out the dinkum oil on the method of clearing a sap by bombing along it from each end towards the centre. “Now,” he asked, “how would you tell […]

Aussiosities [16 February 1918]

[Editor: The “Aussiosities” column of anecdotes and humourous items. Published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, 16 February 1918. In the 18 January 1918 issue of Aussie (on page 11) readers were asked if they knew of the origin of the word “digger” as applied to Australian soldiers; several answers from contributors were included in […]