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Leichardt Poem?

Pam S. is looking for an Australian poem. “This was often spoken by my mother and I cannot find it anywhere. Any help please?”

“… there were others Sturt and Stuart, Leichardt, Kennedy and Grey soldiers had to fight with soldiers, these fought sterner foes than they …”

I’ve haven’t had any better luck finding the poem. If you know what this is, please email us and I’ll pass the info on to her.

More Unknown Poems

Barry is looking for two humorous poems. One poem is about two guys arguing in a pub about why a jackeroo’s dog is wearing brown shoes, a fight results and they destroy the pub. The jackeroo eventually replies because his black ones are getting fixed.

The second poem is about a stockman getting caught up in a flood, and he ends up mustering empty bottles while sitting on a keg.

Donna is looking for a poem about dogs. She thinks it’s called “the bush dance” or something similar.

If you know what the poems are that Barry and Donna want, please let us know.

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Ye Wearie Wayfarer

Rosemary wrote to us about a poem she saw at the front of the Adam Lindsay Gordon cottage in the Botanical Gardens in Victoria. Unfortunately it didn’t give the name of the poem and she couldn’t find it on the Internet.

I Found It !
Always up to a challenge, I did find the poem, but it’s listed incorrectly on most websites.

They show the poem online with a variety of titles, but the real title of the entire poem is Ye Wearie Wayfarer.

Gordon wrote the very long poem in eight fyttes. This is part of his famous quote from the last fytte called Finis Exoptatus:

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.

Favourite American Quote
About Australia

As long as we’re sharing quotes, it’s by a Yank, Charles M. Schultz (of Snoopy fame), but we love it anyway.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”