The effect of religion on the formation of character [essay by Norman L. Beurle, 21 March 1901]

[Editor: This essay by Norman L. Beurle was published in The Ballarat Star, 21 March 1901; it was the winning entry in the essay section of the Ballarat literary competition in October 1900.] The effect of religion on the formation of character. (A first prize essay, South street competitions.) All sane opinion testifies to the […]

Not disheartened [letter from Norman L. Beurle, 23 October 1920]

[Editor: This letter from Norman L. Beurle was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 23 October 1920. The Rev. Beurle was a campaigner in the temperance movement; this letter was written regarding the “local option” referenda held in Victoria on 21 October 1920.] Not disheartened. To the Editor of the Argus. Sir, — I write with […]

Love the Dreamer [poem by Norman L. Beurle, 29 September 1900]

[Editor: This poem by Norman L. Beurle was published in The Australasian (Melbourne), 29 September 1900.] Love, the Dreamer. Love, the Dreamer, came to me One fair day in early spring;. Whispered, “Follow,” then each tree Laughed in joyous blossoming; Then the breath of wood and sea Seemed of Paradise to sing. So I followed, […]

Prayer to the West [poem by Norman L. Beurle, 11 August 1900]

[Editor: This poem by Norman L. Beurle was published in The Australasian (Melbourne), 11 August 1900.] Prayer to the West. Breeze of the Western World. Soft, like a dream-wind, blow; Caress the swelling sails unfurled; My love with thee doth go. Waves of the Western Sea, Be gentle in your might, And bear her onward […]

The Children [poem by Norman L. Beurle, 12 May 1900]

[Editor: This poem by Norman L. Beurle was published in The Weekly Times (Melbourne), 12 May 1900.] The Children. (To my old scholars.) Away in the city, years ago, I made me friends of the boys and girls; I warmed my heart in the golden glow Of smiling faces and sunny curls. Away from the […]