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 […]

Keep off the grass [11 October 1901]

[Editor: An editorial critical of the Barton government’s acceptance of the British government’s directive to not create an explicitly racial immigration law. Published in The Independent, 11 October 1901.] Keep off the grass. “When in doubt, play trumps” says Hoyle, of whist. “When in doubt, shout with the largest crowd,” advises Mr Pickwick. “When in […]

[A dusty old dryblower from the Fields] [28 April 1901]

[Editor: An anecdote (possibly by “Dryblower” Murphy) published in the “Variety Vamps and Sunday Satires” column in The West Australian Sunday Times, 28 April 1901.] [A dusty old dryblower from the Fields] A dusty old dryblower from the Fields recently arrived in Fremantle and put up at a local private boarding house, and having subsisted […]

Exit Moran [poem, 28 April 1901]

[Editor: A poem (possibly by “Dryblower” Murphy) published in the column “A Mingled Yarn” in The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA), 28 April 1901.] Exit Moran. The imbecile romps where the angels are frighted, Some poet observed; So Minister Moran disported and skited, By impudence nerved. But on Wednesday he got, though his prospects it blighted, A […]

Vice Versa [poem, 28 April 1901]

[Editor: A poem (possibly by “Dryblower” Murphy) published in the “Variety Vamps and Sunday Satires” column in The West Australian Sunday Times, 28 April 1901.] Vice Versa. News Item:— “The Government are considering the advisability of putting down bores on the site of all dams.” Exactly. ’Tis double edged, for ’gainst a pest We love […]