The Swagmen of the Darling! [by A. E. Grace, 25 February 1893]

[Editor: This poem by A. E. Grace was published in The Worker (Brisbane, Qld.), 25 February 1893.] The Swagmen of the Darling! Does a thought ever come to the men of the city, Who know nought of bush life — its troubles and trials — Of their brothers who merit a share of their pity […]

The Snagger’s Lament [poem by T. C. Luke, 15 March 1893]

[Editor: This poem by T. C. Luke was published in The Shearers’ and General Laborers’ Record (Newport, Vic.), 15 March 1893.] The Snagger’s Lament. I’m only a snagger, you know me, I thought I would tackle the game; I reckoned some fast man would show me The path that should lead me to fame. I […]

Looking forward: Freedom of contract in 1923 [satirical article, 15 March 1893]

[Editor: This satirical article focuses on the concept of “freedom of contract” (a tactic used by employers to undermine union awards); written in 1893, this fictional story was set in 1923 (30 years in the future). It was published in The Shearers’ and General Laborers’ Record (Newport, Vic.), 15 March 1893.] Looking forward. Freedom of […]

A Queensland back block story in verse [“Lambing Down His Cheque” poem, 15 March 1893]

[Editor: This poem was published in The Shearers’ and General Laborers’ Record (Newport, Vic.), 15 March 1893.] A Queensland back block story in verse. No resident of Australian towns or cities for any length of time, however ignorant of the customs of the Australian bush, but what has heard the phrase “lambing down.” He understands […]

Courtroom anecdote [15 March 1893]

[Editor: This untitled anecdote is an extract from the “Humula” column, published in The Shearers’ and General Laborers’ Record (Newport, Vic.), 15 March 1893.] [Courtroom anecdote] “John Smith, alias Jones, alias Armstrong,” yelled the Sergeant in a back-block police court. Newly appointed J.P.:— “I’ll try the wimmen fust. Call Halice Jones and Halice Harmstrong.” Source: […]