Australian Women Writers
Olivia W. emailed me to ask why we only had a few poems written by women. Good question. So I've done a bit of research and put together some more poems written by women.
Mary Hannay Foott
Dame Mary Gilmore
You may know her as the lady on the $10 Australian note. Henry Lawson is on the front.
Dame Gilmore had ideas that were rather controversial in her day. Through her writing she campaigned for better conditions for working women and indigenous Australians as well as for children's welfare.
I've added seven poems by Dame Mary Gilmore. Her patriotic poem No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest is on the $10 note. The sorrow of war is in her two poems War and Gallipoli. She laments the loss of The Waradgery Tribe. On a lighter note, her Whistling Men shows the pleasure in everyday things.
More women writers on our website
Also new on our website . . .
While I was adding some new poems by women, I added a few more by the men.
We have 9 by Dennis already, but I added 4 more that kids (of all ages) might enjoy –
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Brave Australian Soldiers Poem
Gayle is looking for a poem she learned in school that starts off with
"On the 25th of April, far across the sea,
Update ... Answer to Gayle
Nancy Bowman from Poltallock, South Australia (about 130km west of Adelaide) was only 10 years old when she wrote the poem.
New Update – I Found It !
Ed. note: We've also found a version of this poem used in the Family Notices in the 25th April 1919 issue of the newspaper The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria)
"FOTHERGILL – In sad and loving memory of our dearly loved son and brother, Jack,
On the 25th of April, Far across the sea,
In a loving son's grave you lie,
Oh, God, shall we never know, for not another word can be learned, though ever so hard we have tried. The dearest spot on earth is where your dear body lies with comrades dear.
Inserted by his loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fothergill, sisters, and brother; late of Euroa."