The Wattle Federation [17 January 1913]

[Editor: An article about the inauguration of the Wattle Federation of Australasia. Published in The Examiner, 17 January 1913.] The Wattle Federation. Amongst the inward passengers by the Loongana yesterday was Miss Faehse, of Adelaide, who is passing through to the South. Miss Faehse attended the Science Congress in Melbourne, and took part in a […]

The Wild Colonial Boy [song, 22 August 1913]

[Editor: An extract from the “On the Wallaby” column, published in The Northern Miner, 22 August 1913.] [The Wild Colonial Boy] We have often been asked, and several friends have asked us recently again, for the words of that one-time — long, long ago — most popular of all bush songs, “The Wild Colonial Boy.” […]

Glossary [for Backblock Ballads and Other Verses, by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This glossary by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913).] Glossary. For the use of the thoroughly genteel. Ar, an exclamation expressive of surprise, sorrow, joy, contempt, pity, etc., according to the manner of utterance. Back Chat, impudent repartee. Barmy, mentally deficient. Barrack, to banter noisily; to shout vociferous insults […]

Overweight [poem by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913). Most of the poetry of C.J. Dennis is written in the style of the Australian vernacular. See the Glossary for explanations of words and phrases.] Overweight. Me heart strings are riven! I’ve struggled and striven To pen a neat melody, […]

Brown’s Tram [poem by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913). Most of the poetry of C.J. Dennis is written in the style of the Australian vernacular. See the Glossary for explanations of words and phrases.] Brown’s Tram. A city clerk was Henry Brown, Whose suburb knew nor tram nor train; […]