A hundred years ago: Swan River Colony: The story of the annexation [1 January 1929]

[Editor: This article was published in The West Australian (1 January 1929).] A hundred years ago Swan River Colony. The story of the annexation. The events that culminated in the departure of an expedition from England, and the establishment of the Swan River Colony, were related by Dr. J. S. Battye, chairman of the State […]

What Would You Like? [poem by L. E. Homfray, 21 December 1929]

[Editor: This poem for children, by L. E. Homfray was published in The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW), 21 December 1929.] What Would You Like? Last night when I was fast asleep Old Daddy Christmas came, He woke me up and said to me: “Now tell me what’s your name?” He had a great big […]

Our poets and our bush: Australian sentiment [15 June 1929]

[Editor: An article regarding the cultural relationship of the Australian-born with their land. Published in The West Australian, 15 June 1929.] Our poets and our bush. Australian sentiment. (By W.I.G.) The first poets of any degree of importance that Australia fostered came into the country on the currents of the gold-rush; and it is not […]

Fecundity [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Fecundity Old Parkinson had eight sons. Or rather, Old Mrs. Parkinson had the eight sons, and Old Parkinson idealistically approved. He was far too much of an idealist to function more than initially as […]

Napoo Singh [by P. R. Stephensen]

[Editor: This is a short story from The Bushwhackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback (1929) by P. R. Stephensen.] Napoo Singh There was excitement when Napoo Singh died. The Singhs were a small community from India who lived very much by themselves, on a cluster of farms ten miles out from the township, […]