People & Personalities

Here are some poems about Queenslanders. Click on the titles to read the poems. Maybe you can recognize something or somebody.

  • "L.L." 1909

    by Eva Mary O'Doherty Far off! far off! within the desert rude, In the cold heart of that deep solitude, Two magic letters on the rugged bark, With...

  • A Chance 1847

    I want a situation as a shepherd, be it known, On a comfortable station--not too far from town; The country must be timberless, the waters full of...

  • Alone in the Pool 1944

    by E.M. England    So softly I go that the heron Who waits downstream has not stirred. Perhaps he thinks me a bird; Thinks me a brown bird gliding The...

  • Banjo, of the Overflow 1891

    by Francis Kenna    My request was not requited, for an answer came indited On a sheet of scented paper, in an ink of fancy blue; And the envelope, I...

  • Dinkum Aussie 2017

      He is long, he is lean, he is wiry; He is loose-limbed and carelessly hung; He is quick on the flare-up and fiery; He swears with an eloquent...

  • Exhibition Cameo 1943

    by Frank C Francis    The music and the laughter simmer down Like an ebbing tide that slinks into the dark, As the last bright firework splutters to a...

  • My Child's Warm Hand 1929

    by Colin Bingham    My child's warm hand is such a thing That holding it I long to sing My faith in dark futurity My child's warm hand is such a thing...

  • North Queensland Lullaby 1931

    by Lucille M Quinlan    Sleep, my birrahlee;1 hush, my soft grey dove! Misty grows the cane-field, purple the range above. From the scrub by the...

  • Queer Little Almond Eyes 1928

    by Victor Kennedy    Queer little deep brown almond eyes Turned to me now with grave surprise What the secrets tarrying there Baffling a world's...

  • Ready Mades 1909

      by Mabel Forrest      All day she works at the sewing machine, in the factory opposite, Where the staring blindless windows gape in the glow of the...

  • The Average Man 1894

    by George Essex Evans    His hat looks worn, and his coat-sleeves shine, As I see him step from his 'bus at nine; His boots are pieced and his tie...

  • The First Rain 1928

    by Victor Kennedy    Out across the bending cane Slowly after seven moons Falls the soaking tropic rain Kindly to the parched ratoons1. And I wander...

  • The lay of the diprotodon 1885

    by Robert N. Gunn    I DWELL in a black gully deep; My bones they are scattered around, And are daily trod over by sheep - Into dust they will soon all...

  • The Net-Menders 1943

    by Brian Vrepont    I came upon them by a strip of sea, In a drizzle of rain mending their fishing-net, Four swift brown hands, and lean with industry, Shuttling the thin...

  • The Women of the West 1901

    by George Essex Evans    They left the vine-wreathed cottage and the mansion on the hill, The houses in the busy streets where life is never still, The...

  • Vale Old Sailor 1976

    by Gwen Belson-Taylor    For Jim Devaney   The old sailor leaves the port Quietly, out of pain. His hand is strong upon the helm And dawning breaks...

  • Waiting 2020

      Some few nights in the store-keeper’s hut – tin roof and walls -scarce thirty yards from where the twelve head battery’s crushing feet pounded and crushed...