[Editor: This poem by W. T. Goodge (using his pseudonym of “The Colonel”) was published in his “Nutshells” column in the Orange Leader, 18 October 1899.]
John L. Fegan.
A very gentle creature;
No attribute is sinister.
He was a local preacher,
And now he is a Minister.
Orange Leader and Millthorpe Messenger (Orange, NSW), 18 October 1899, p. 1
John L. Fegan = John Lionel Fegan (1862?-1932) Methodist lay preacher, Member of the Legislative Assembly (NSW), who held the posts of Minister for Mines and Minister for Education
See: 1) “Obituary Mr. John L. Fegan”, The Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), 30 December 1932, p. 4
2) Tony Laffan, “Christian Socialism in Newcastle, 1890 to 1916”, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (accessed 21 April 2019)