The Charge of Illawarra [poem, The Bulletin, 21 August 1886]

[Editor: This non-rhyming poem was published in The Bulletin (Sydney, NSW), 21 August 1886.] The Charge of Illawarra. “On Friday, as a party of Illawarra light horse were cantering sharply down Castlereagh-street, Sydney, they came into collision with a tip-cart, and one of the cavalry men received a severe fall.” From the fields of Illawarra, […]

The Old Slouch Hat [poem by John Barr, 6 January 1945]

[Editor: A poem by John Barr, regarding the Japanese and the foreshadowed end of the Second World War. Published in The World’s News, 6 January 1945.] The Old Slouch Hat The AIF wants to see Australia represented in the military occupation of Japan. The soldiers want to be in the liberation of their comrades of […]

Our Noble Sons [poem by “Kookaburra”, 1 June 1917]

[Editor: A poem by “Kookaburra”, regarding Australians fighting overseas during the First World War. Published in The Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate, 1 June 1917.] Our Noble Sons. All praise to thee our noble sons Who’ve crossed the stormy sea To fight with fierce and cruel Huns For people such […]

Look at His Left Lapel [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Look at His Left Lapel. Look at his left lapel. See if he’s single-and-fit; See if he’s been through hell, See if he’s done his bit. * * * * * Look at him fair and square, Look at him up and down; […]

Reinforcements [poem, 18 July 1916]

[Editor: A poem by M. Forrest, written at the time of the First World War. Published in the West Gippsland Gazette, 18 July 1916.] Reinforcements. Big men from the Hawkesbury, and brown men from the bush, Clear-eyed men and great-armed men across the forest’s hush, And in between the purple hills, and down the hard […]