How S.A. man wrote 8,500-line poem [by Rex Ingamells, 21 March 1951]

[Editor: This article by Rex Ingamells was published in The News (Adelaide, SA), 21 March 1951.] Australia is the hero of his epic verse How S.A. man wrote 8,500-line poem By Rex Ingamells I was given a Commonwealth Literary Fund Fellowship to aid me while writing an epic poem. I’ve written the poem — called […]

Riding Once Again [poem, 18 January 1951]

[Editor: A poem published in The Western Mail, 18 January 1951.] Riding Once Again I dreamt old man that you and I Were riding once again Through fields of yellow Morrison, Along the open plain. Away along the scrubby bills; And o’er their sloping crest The grand old drooping smoke-bush lay Like camping sheep at […]

Section 6 [Because Men Went Hungry, by Rex Ingamells]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Because Men Went Hungry: An Essay on the Uncertainty of Australian Prestige (1951) by Rex Ingamells.] § 6. The certainty of Australian prestige Because of the Hunger Period at Sydney Cove, the Botany Bay Smear was applied so strongly to New South Wales that it began the British fashion […]

Section 5 [Because Men Went Hungry, by Rex Ingamells]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Because Men Went Hungry: An Essay on the Uncertainty of Australian Prestige (1951) by Rex Ingamells.] § 5. The uncertainty of Australian prestige Australia achieved a nominal united nationhood with Federation, on 1st January, 1901. Since that day — while the people have progressed in the material manifestations of […]

Section 4 [Because Men Went Hungry, by Rex Ingamells]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Because Men Went Hungry: An Essay on the Uncertainty of Australian Prestige (1951) by Rex Ingamells.] § 4. Australian sycophantism For over a century after original settlement, Australian communities markedly bore the aspect of colonialism. The vastness of the continent rendered urbanization such an infinitesimal thing. The pursuit of […]