Joe Brunnel’s Dream [10 August 1895]

[Editor: This short story was published in The Worker (Brisbane, Qld.), 10 August 1895.] Joe Brunnel’s Dream. Shearing was about to commence at —— station, and about a dozen of the old hands had arrived. Seated in the hut after the usual evening meal, we were relating recess experiences, when old Joe Brunnel, who had […]

The quiet hour [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The quiet hour I have found in this Australian scene, of mountain and forest, of shaded creek and fern-filled gully, of cultivated gardens bordered by the virgin bush, much quiet peace and many joys — on rare occasions, inexpressible joys, far […]

The besting of Bombastes [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The besting of Bombastes On the day that he brought himself first (and very confidently) under our notice we named him “Bombastes Furioso,” without hesitation, for it seemed to us that no other could suit him one half so well; because […]

Birdland on the dole [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] Birdland on the dole The weather-wise up here in the mountain country amongst the big gums are talking of records. Even the oldest inhabitant admits that “he has never seen the likes before.” “Thirty-three frosts,” he says, “since May the first, […]

The case of Long John Silver [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The case of Long John Silver We have always made it a matter of justice that we should feed the magpies as well as the other and lowlier birds about this little clearing in the forest. We are meticulous about this, […]