The Doctor’s Story [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] The Doctor’s Story. “It happened,” said the doctor, “in a hospital out back, He’d been brought to us delirious, found along the Menzies track; Yet he looked, when placed among the convalescent and the sick, The remnants of as fine a man as […]

The Critic [12 October 1918]

[Editor: Extracts from “The Critic” column in Truth, 12 October 1918, including some humour, poetry, and current events.] The Critic Who can undaunted brave the Critic’s rage, Or note unmoved his mention in the Critic’s page, Parade his errors in the public eye, And Mother Grundy’s rage defy? * * * Youth pays compliments, but […]

The Great Calamity [poem by Banjo Paterson]

[Editor: This poem by “Banjo” Paterson was published in The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses, 1895; previously published in The Bulletin, 19 August 1893.] The Great Calamity MacFierce’un came to Whiskeyhurst When summer days were hot, And bided there wi’ Jock MacThirst, A brawny brother Scot. Gude faith! They made the whisky fly […]

A Bush Christening [poem by Banjo Paterson]

[Editor: This poem by “Banjo” Paterson was published in The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses, 1895; previously published in The Bulletin, 16 December 1893.] A Bush Christening On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few, And men of religion are scanty, On a road never cross’d ’cept by folk that are lost, […]

Johnson’s Antidote [poem by Banjo Paterson]

[Editor: This poem by “Banjo” Paterson was published in The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses, 1895; previously published in The Bulletin, 26 January 1895.] Johnson’s Antidote Down along the Snakebite River where the overlanders camp, Where the serpents are in millions, all of the most deadly stamp; Where the station-cook in terror, nearly […]