Various books and booklets of Australian literature.
[Arranged alphabetically by title.]
The Australian Crisis [by C. H. Kirmess, 1909]
An “invasion novel”, about a Japanese invasion of Australia, by Charles H. Kirmess. The story originally appeared in serial form in The Lone Hand (Sydney) from October 1908 to August 1909, under the title of “The Commonwealth Crisis”. This book had a significant influence upon public opinion regarding the military defence of Australia.
Australians, Awake! And Other Poems [by L. E. Homfray, 1915]
A booklet by Lucy Everett Homfray, published during the First World War (1914-1918). This publication was sold to raise funds for the Red Cross Fund, as a way of contributing to the war effort; it included poems of a patriotic and religious nature.
Australianism [by John Fisher, 1954]
A booklet by John Fisher which lays out his socialist outlook on economic and social issues, advocating a co-operative economy, and critiquing capitalism, orthodox socialism, and trade unions. The booklet was entitled on its front cover as “Australianism: New Way of Life through Co-operation”. Whilst this publication is entitled “Australianism”, it is not about cultural Australianism.
Because Men Went Hungry: An Essay on the Uncertainty of Australian Prestige [by Rex Ingamells, 1951]
In this booklet Rex Ingamells puts forward his theory that the development of Australia suffered because of the long-term damage to its reputation caused by the food shortage which occurred in its early days.
The Bulletin Reciter: A Collection of Verses for Recitation from “The Bulletin” [1880-1901] [edited by A.G. Stephens, 1902]
Poems from the writers of The Bulletin (Sydney).
The Burke and Wills Expedition: One of a Series of Poems [by a Native of Australia, 1863]
An eight-page booklet, consisting of an anonymously-authored poem regarding the Burke and Wills expedition.
The Bushrangers; A Play in Five Acts, and Other Poems [by Charles Harpur, 1865]
Poems by Charles Harpur.
The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback [by P. R. Stephensen, 1929]
A book of short stories, by P. R. Stephensen.
A Child’s Smile [by “Southern Cross”, 1944]
Poems by “Southern Cross”.
The Complete Inner History of the Kelly Gang and Their Pursuers [by J. J. Kenneally, 5th edition, 1946]
The classic non-fiction book about the Kelly Gang, by J. J. Kenneally. Several editions of the book have been published: March 1929, May 1929, 1934, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1955, 1969, and 1980.
The Eureka Stockade: The Consequence of Some Pirates Wanting on Quarter-Deck a Rebellion [by Raffaello Carboni, 1855]
A first-hand account of the Eureka rebellion, by Raffaello Carboni.
Fools’ Harvest [by Erle Cox, 1939]
An “invasion novel”, about an Asian invasion of Australia, by Erle Cox. Although the invaders are named “Cambasians”, it has been assumed that the author was writing about an invasion by the Japanese. The story originally appeared in serial form in The Argus (Melbourne) in 1938, and was published in a book format in 1939.
The Foundations of Culture in Australia: An Essay towards National Self-Respect [by P. R. Stephensen, 1936]
A book promoting Australian cultural nationalism, by P. R. Stephensen.
In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses [by Henry Lawson, 1896]
Poems by Henry Lawson.
Kookaburras and Satyrs: Some Recollections of The Fanfrolico Press [by P. R. Stephensen, 1954]
Reminiscences, and comments on culture, by P. R. Stephensen.
The Old Bush Songs: Composed and Sung in the Bushranging, Digging, and Overlanding Days [edited by A. B. Paterson, 1905]
Songs from Australia’s colonial era, collected by Andrew Barton (“Banjo”) Paterson.
Also see the 8th edition of this book, which includes twenty additional songs:
Old Bush Songs: Composed and Sung in the Bushranging, Digging, and Overlanding Days [8th edition, edited by Banjo Paterson, 1932]
Out of the Silence [by Erle Cox, 1919]
A science fiction novel by Erle Cox. The story originally appeared in serial form in The Argus (Melbourne) in 1919, and was published in a book format in 1925. This is the 1947 edition, which includes a Prologue.
Poetry Militant: An Australian Plea for the Poetry of Purpose [by Bernard O’Dowd, 1909]
A booklet-length essay on the perceived social responsibilities of poets, by Bernard O’Dowd.
Real Australian Fairy Stories [version 1, booklet by Eva Oakley, 1945]
A book of stories for children, by Eva Oakley. A book of the same title, although consisting of completely different stories, was produced by Eva Oakley in 1950.
Real Australian Fairy Stories [version 2, booklet by Eva Oakley, 1950]
A book of stories for children, by Eva Oakley. A book of the same title, although consisting of completely different stories, was produced by Eva Oakley in 1945.
Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet [edited by E. A. Petherick, 1901]
Poems by Philip Durham Lorimer, with a biography of him by Edward Augustus Petherick.
Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes [by Kenneth Mackay, 1887]
Poems by Kenneth Mackay.
The Story of the Eureka Stockade [by John Lynch, 1947]
A first-hand account of the Eureka rebellion, and the leading characters involved, by John Lynch; originally published as a monthly series of six articles in The Austral Light (October 1893 to March 1894). John Lynch was not just an eyewitness to the Eureka Rebellion, but was an active participant in the miners’ movement.
Such is Life: Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins [by Tom Collins, 1903]
A classic novel of Australian literature, written by Tom Collins (Joseph Furphy).
Thatcher’s Colonial Songster: Containing all the Choice Local Songs, Parodies, &c., of the Celebrated Chas. R. Thatcher [by Chas. R. Thatcher, 1857]
Songs written by the popular songwriter of colonial times, Charles Thatcher.
Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses [booklet by Eva Oakley, 1945]
A book of poetry for children, by Eva Oakley.
Leaflets, broadsheets, and pamphlets
The Boer War: Bravo, Australia! [poem by C. H. Cracknell, ca. 1899-1902]
A patriotic poem (published as a single-sided leaflet), sold to raise funds for a family in financial distress.
Hymn for Absent Soldiers and Sailors [hymn by L. E. Homfray, 1915]
A patriotic hymn (published as a single-sided leaflet), sold to raise funds for the Red Cross during the First World War (1914-1918).
A Tribute to the Memory of Burke and Wills [broadsheet, 1862]
A broadsheet about the explorers Burke and Wills. The contents of this publication are equivalent to a small booklet; it consists of several articles, two poems, and a chronology.
Unfaltering to the End [poem by L. E. Homfray, 1918]
A patriotic poem (published as a four-sided pamphlet), sold to raise funds for an A.I.F. (Australian Imperial Force) Memorial during the First World War (1914-1918).
Updated 28 March 2022