Deposed [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 28 April 1901]

[Editor: A poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, published in the “Variety Vamps and Sunday Satires” column in The West Australian Sunday Times, 28 April 1901.] Deposed. By Dryblower. M’Stingaree stepped from the boat to the pier In a doleful, despairing condition, And we knew, as we saw in his optic a tear Acutely he felt his […]

The Sodawater Strike [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 21 January 1912]

[Editor: A poem by “Dryblower” Murphy. Published in The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 21 January 1912.] The Sodawater Strike. I’m a unionist determined, Though I’ve never joined as one; I ’ate the rich and ermined, Every blarsted mother’s son. I reckonize that Laber ’As a mission on the earth, ’Cos it makes yer love yer […]

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, […]

Our Police May Strive to Keep in Check [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: An untitled poem printed in “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] [Our Police May Strive to Keep in Check] As the alleged well-informed English papers see us: “In the cities and large towns of Western Australia the criminal classes are easily kept in check […]

Like All Possessing Royal Blood [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: An untitled poem printed in “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] [Like All Possessing Royal Blood] Royal visit item: “It has been decided that no good could be confidently expected from the proposed inspection by the Duke and Duchess of the Mundaring Weir. In […]