Editorial [by Rex Ingamells, April 1939]

[Editor: This article by Rex Ingamells was published in Venture: Jindyworobak Quarterly Pamphlet (Adelaide), April 1939.] Editorial The Jindyworobaks stand for a precise cultural movement. While we realize that culture springs from varied sources, we insist that a nation’s culture depends for significance on distinctive qualities, peculiar to that nation alone. It is to stress […]

Despair [poem by Paula Fitzgerald, April 1939]

[Editor: This poem by Paula Fitzgerald was published in Venture: Jindyworobak Quarterly Pamphlet (Adelaide), April 1939.] Despair Despair has found me . . . . for I had to pass By Madness, vacant-eyed in senile way, And see her beckoning in foolish play To phantom people pictured in a glass. Now from my tortured being, […]

Outback [poem by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This poem by Rex Ingamells was published in the Jindyworobak Anthology, 1938.] Rex Ingamells Outback All the unhallowed beauty I have found; All free-discordant shrills and form-defying wonders above ground, like writhen trees with draggled foliage struggling along the courses of wayback creeks; scarlet-and-green sky-streaking parrot-fires with parrot-shrieks echo-shattering the shoulders of the hills; […]

Rommel’s comments on Australian soldiers [1941-1942]

Following are some excerpts from The Rommel Papers (1953), which reproduces some letters from Rommel to his wife, in three of which he mentions Australian soldiers. Erwin Rommel was the German field marshal who led the German and Italian forces in North Africa during the Second World War. In a letter dated 25 April 1941 […]

Chapter 15 [Fools’ Harvest, by Erle Cox, 1939]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Fools’ Harvest (1939) by Erle Cox.] Chapter XV. Throughout the country that day more than 40,000 men laid down their arms, and our conquest was complete. We entered on the third stage of our humiliation. The first was that three weeks of inglorious warfare with its single decisive battle. […]