The drovers [16 November 1926]

[Editor: An article about a train accident, some reminiscences of drovers’ work, and regarding cattle being transported by train. Published in The Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine (Canberra, ACT), 16 November 1926.] The drovers. By “Yarrum.” “Possibly the first to be killed were two drovers. Poor chaps — they had been playing cards in the caboose […]

Ben Hall: Bushranger’s charity [16 November 1926]

[Editor: An article about Ben Hall, the bushranger. Published in The Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine, 16 November 1926.] Ben Hall. Bushranger’s charity Mr. James Frost, of Thirroul, still “going strong” at 91 years of age, claims to be the oldest living coach driver in Australia, who, in the good days of coaching, before trains took […]

Australia Felix [poem, 8 October 1926]

[Editor: A patriotic poem by Daisy Farrell. Published in The Frankston and Somerville Standard, 8 October 1926.] Australia Felix Australia! My country, my heart fills with rapture, At thought of thy beauty in sunshine or rain. Ah! How can my pen all thy sweet aspects capture, And in a word picture thy glories explain? Thou […]

Teach ’Em To Shoot [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Teach ’Em To Shoot. When you’ve done with your frivol and fooling, Your parlor diversions and games; When your stripling has come from his schooling, Swell-headed with figures and names. Before he’s enrolled ’neath the banner Of calling, profession or trade, Before he’s […]

Shicker, I S’pose [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Shicker, I S’pose. I’m writing this rhyme on an East-bound ship (The pilot will bear it back); I’m taking a once-in-seven years’ trip, And in seven days’ time the Queenscliff Rip Will punch this passenger smack. For a month, maybe, my pen will […]