The Christmas Observer: A Triumph of Australian art [12 December 1906]

[Editor: A review of the Christmas edition of The Observer. The section regarding literature, “The Literary Contents”, includes some interesting comments on the future of Australian literature. Published in The Register, 12 December 1906.] The Christmas Observer. A Triumph of Australian art. To be published to-morrow. A journal which has been a distinct pioneer in […]

Lions in the path: Book publishing in Australia [by P. R. Stephensen, 31 March 1934]

[Editor: An article by P. R. Stephensen on the need for a book publishing industry in Australia. Published in The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.), 31 March 1934.] Lions in the path Book publishing in Australia A survey of the field (By P. R. Stephensen.) When I returned to Australia in October, 1932, after studying the […]

The present status of Australian literature [letter from Grant Hervey, 25 September 1913]

[Editor: A letter from Grant Hervey regarding Australian literature; and mentioning his book of poetry, Australians Yet and Other Verses. Published in The Worker (Brisbane), 25 September 1913.] The present status of Australian literature. To the Editor. Sir, — The time when the makers of Australian literature must become more conscious of their national responsibility, […]

Songs of the ’Sixties [30 October 1926]

Songs of the ’Sixties By Spencer Browne. Do Songs Live? One may be pardoned for a difference in view from the old saying that Empires dissolve and peoples disappear, but songs pass not away. Even one questions Ovid in the doctrine that “songs have immunity from death.” It seems to me that while the impalpable […]

Introduction [by Bertram Stevens, in “The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse”, 1909]

[Editor: This introduction to The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse (1909) by Bertram Stevens gives a brief history of Australian literature and poetry, from the founding of the colony in New South Wales in 1788, up to about 1900.] Introduction As the literature of a country is, in certain respects, a reflex of its character, […]