[Editor: This preface by Grant Hervey was published in Australians Yet and Other Verses, 1913.]
Of the verses contained in this first instalment of my Big-Australian message, the greater number originally appeared in the Bulletin. Others are reprinted from the Lone Hand, Sydney ; the Sun, Kalgoorlie ; Steele Rudd’s Magazine, Brisbane ; the Spectator, Perth ; the Red Funnel Magazine, New Zealand, and Australia Junior, W.A.
“Australia,” in which I have endeavoured to set forth the national feeling of this Commonwealth towards the Old World, now appears for the first time.
Personally, I desire to express my heartiest thanks to Messrs. J. F. Archibald, A. G. Stephens, A. H. Davis, Captain Whitehead, C. W. Andree Hayward, J. J. Simons, and other Australian editors. Through their kindness the following ballads of Manhood, Work, Good Cheer, Mateship, Masculine Vigour and Nationalism — although I know their technical faults are many — have already obtained a wide Australian hearing.
May all good friends of Australia prosper !
Grant Hervey. Australians Yet and Other Verses, Thomas C. Lothian, Melbourne, 1913, page vii
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