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Vonda Stanley's collection of  

Early Australian bush poems

Last updated in August 2014   

Follow links to my collections of:-  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

WW2 Diggers Poems   From the George Bateman Collection, compiled by Howard Rose.

   

Women Bush Poets
                              Old Australian Ballads
                                                           A.B. (Banjo) Paterson  &  Henry Lawson                 
                                                                                         Bushranger Poems & Ballads collected by Lola Fulton

                                                         

                 (poems marked * contain brief notes about the poet)                                                                                                                               

email me on vondastanley@hotmail.com

 

 

Hal Gye

(also known as James Hackston

Our Corrugated Iron Tank

Mrs Polkinghorne

Edward Harrington

The Bushrangers

There's Only the Two of us Here

 

 

 

 

 

 Dorothea Mackeller

1885 (Sydney)-1968

Wrote My Country at 19 years of age


My Country *

The Colours of Light

Louis Esson

b. 1979 -1943

*About Louis Esson*

The Old Black Billy and Me

The Shearers Wife

                              

 

G E Evans 

1863 (London) - 1909 (Toowoomba)

*About GE Evans*
 

An Australian Symphony

On the Plains

The Women of the Wes

 

Henry Kendall 

1839, (Kirmington, NSW) -1882 of TB.   

*About Henry Kendall*

Bell Birds

Kooroora   

September in Australia

Song of the Cattle Hunters

The Barcoo   

The Last of his Tribe

The River and the Hill 

 

Adam Lindsay Gordon

b. 1833 (Azores)-1870 (Brighton. Vic)

* About A L Gordon*  

Finis Exoptatus

A Dedication

By Wood and Wold

The Sick Stockrider

 

John O'Brien (1878-1952)

*About John O'Brien*

Around the Boree Log

Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again

Said Hanrahan

The Altar Boy

The Kookaburras

The Little Irish Mother

The Meeting

The Old Bush School

The Old Mass Shandrydan

The Presbyt'ry Dog

The Six Brown Boxer Hats


 

Vance Palmer

b. 1885 (Bundaberg) -1959 (Melbourne)

The Dandenongs (new)

The Farmer Remembers the Somme

Song of the Old Boundary Rider 

 

 

 

 

John Sandes

The Children of the Mist

The Old Pioneers   

 

 

 

C J Dennis

7. 9.1876 (Auburn S.A.) - 21. 6.1938

Editor of the satirical magazine "Gadfly" Later contributor on staff of Melbourne Herald.

*About C J Denis*

A  Letter to the Front

Going to School

The Swagman

When The Sun's Behind The Hill
 

 

Leon Gellert

 

1892-1977

Had war experience on the Western Front.

Anzac Cove

Jester in the Trench

Rendezvous 

The Husband  

 

 

 

 

 

Auster

Tasmanian Aborigine's Lament

 

 

 

Laurence Binyon

For the Fallen

"They shall grow not old
as we that are left grow old"

 

 

Will. H. Ogilvie,

21.8.1869 (Scotland) -1963

Drought

From the Gulf

My Hat  

The Australian

The Bush My Lover

The Last Muster

The Filling of the Swamps

 

Harry Morant ('the breaker')   

1865 - 1902

The Austral 'Light'      

Kitty's Broom     

When Stock Go By  

 


Miscellaneous 
(* indicates birth dates)

   Bushrangers

The Old Bark Hut......................................................................................Anon

   Bushfire

From Black Thursday..........................................Mitchell Kilgour Beveridge

Convicts

Moreton Bay............................................................................................Anon

 

Love of the bush

Summer ...................................................................................... Louis Lavater*

Australia ........................*About Bernard O'Dowd*................ Bernard O'Dowd*

A New Zealand Picture..........................................................Mary E Richmond

A Ballade of Wattle Blossom ..................................................... R. Richardson

The Magpies Song ............................................................. Frank S. Williamson

 

   Droving or Outback

Where the Dead Men Lie.........*About Barcroft Boake*.....Barcroft H. Boake*

On Ninety Mile Beach..............................................................Peter Hopegood

Gundagai (The dog sat on the tuckerbox)...................................Jack Moses*

The Dying Stockman ............................................................ anon

The Little Worn Out Pony ..........................................................................anon

The Phantom Mob...................................................W M Flemming  'The Page'

That Day at Boiling Downs...........................................................Jack Mathieu

Tell Summer that I Died............................(about Shaw Neilson)....Shaw Neilson

  

Goldfields

Captain Bumbles Letter........(re Eureka)...............................Charles Thatcher

Cleaning Up..........................*About Edward Dyson*...................Edward Dyson*

The Cross of the South..........(re Eureka).................................. ................anon

The Rescue...................................................................................Edward Dyson

The Smiths.......................E G Murphy* (aka Edwin Greenslade or Dryblower)

  

Rain

A Rain Song .............................................................................. E. S. Emmerson

At Last .................................................................................... Maurice O'Reilly

  

Nostalgia

The Red Road................................................................................John K Ewers

Pioneers ....................................................................................... Frank Hudson

The Dreamers............................................................................Sydney Jephcott

 

   War

          Glencoe .....................................................................................Douglas Stewart

          New Guinea Campaign.......................................................................Ian Mudie

 

   Heroes

A L Gordon - in Memorium........................................................Henry Kendall 

Henry Lawson............................................................................R Guy Howarth

 

   Humour

How McDougal Topped the Score.......................................Thomas E Spencer

Bluey Brink.................................................................................................anon

Bullocky Bill ...............................................................................................anon

Daley's Dorg Wattle......................................................................W T Goodge*

A Snake Yarn ................................................................................W T Goodge

'Ough' A Fonetic Fansy..................................................................W T Goodge

Mickety Mulga...................................................................................T Ranken

The Big White Bullock.......................................................................T Ranken

Relief of Mildura................................................................ Davidson Symmons

Tumba Bloody Rumba...................................................................John O'Grady

Wallaby Stew......................................................................................Cecil Poole

 

 

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