“Black Thursday” [article about the 1851 bushfires, 8 February 1910]

[Editor: This article was published in The Star (Sydney), 8 February 1910.] “Black Thursday.” It was 59 years ago last Sunday since Victoria was overtaken by the calamity of those appalling bush fires that gave to the day on which they occurred the designation of “Black Thursday.” Blair’s “Cyclopaedia of Australia” thus describes that memorable […]

Nomad Chant [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] Nomad Chant To E. J. Brady The Spring wind, brother, With marching music blows. Calling to one another, Children of the Mother, We go where the wind goes. New thoughts prick sharper Than spears at old despair. Who can be a […]

Brogan’s Lane [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] Brogan’s Lane There’s a crack in the city — down that sharp street In couples, and armed, tramp rossers on beat. Like a joss, silhouetted across the pane A Chinese face watches down Brogan’s Lane, Brogan’s Lane, Brogan’s Lane, A reeling […]

The Fisher [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] The Fisher Vatea went fishing (he dwelt afar In the land of Aviki where marvels are.) He baited his hook with the evening star. The star quivered under the waves, and wrought Magical patterns, but tempted naught. No porpoise, no little […]

Magpies [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Bells and Bees: Verses (1910).] Magpies I hear the cry of the magpies joyously gushing Over the morning, The carolling slogan of magpies, like a rill rushing, And sorrow scorning. Magpies, fill up my heart with the joy of exultant things Fresh notes adorning! Breath of […]