The Last of His Tribe [poem by Henry Kendall]

[Editor: This poem by Henry Kendall was published in Leaves from Australian Forests (1869).] The Last of His Tribe. He crouches, and buries his face on his knees, And hides in the dark of his hair; For he cannot look up to the storm-smitten trees, Or think of the loneliness there: Of the loss and […]

The Black King’s Skull [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] The Black King’s Skull. One night, when round the walls with dismal shrieks The winds of winter blew, And sudden rains had filled the forest creeks With yellow floods anew. From looking on the […]

When the Nigger Saw the Train [poem, 28 April 1894]

[Editor: A poem published in The Bird O’ Freedom, 28 April 1894. Designed to be read as a humorous poem, this is about an Aboriginal man’s first contact with a train.] When the Nigger Saw the Train. In the guileless, simple savage there was nothing out of place, In his naive and native manner, or […]

The Aboriginal Mother [song by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop, 15 October 1841]

[Editor: A song published in The Sydney Herald, 15 October 1841. This song was based upon a poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop, set to music by Isaac Nathan. There are some significant differences between the song and the original poem.] The Aboriginal Mother. “Only one female and her child got away from us.” Evidence before […]

The Aboriginal Mother [poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop, 13 December 1838]

[Editor: A poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop. Published in The Australian, 13 December 1838. This poem by Eliza Hamilton Dunlop was later set to music by Isaac Nathan; however, there were some significant differences between the poem and the song.] Songs of an Exile. (No. 4.) The Aboriginal Mother, (From Myall’s Creek.) Oh! hush thee […]