George Essex Evans was born in London on 18th June 1863, came to Queensland in 1881 and, then eighteen years old, began as a farmer on the Darling Downs; this enterprise failing, he became a teacher, a journalist and then a public servant.
Having been agricultural editor of "the Queenslander" and edited (with A.B. Paterson) the magazine the "Antipodean", he was literary director of the Tourist Bureau of Queensland. He died on 10th November 1909 at Toowoomba, where a monument to his memory was built: his first book of verse having been published in 1891, he was well known and popular in Queensland. (p.295)
Bibliography: An Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Chosen by
Beatrice Davis 1984.
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