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Said Hanrahan

by John O’Brien (1878-1952) Australian writer We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan In accents most forlorn Outside the church ere Mass began One frosty Sunday morn. The congregation stood about, Coat-collars to the ears, And talked of stock and crops and … Read more

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At Casey’s After Mass

by John O’Brien (1878-1952) Australian writer There’s a weather-beaten sign-post where the track turns towards the west, Through the tall, white, slender timber, in the land I love the best. Short its message is – “To Casey’s” – for it points … Read more

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The Careys

by John O’Brien (1878-1952) Australian writer Their new house stood just off the road, A fine big brick two-storey, All gabled, tiled, and porticoed, To flaunt its owners’ glory. We never had, to tell the truth, At Carey’s door alighted, We … Read more

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Tangmalangmaloo

by John O’Brien (1878-1952) Australian writer The poem was inspired by a boy who lived in Tangmalangmaloo near Boorowa, New South Wales The bishop sat in lordly state and purple cap sublime, And galvanized the old bush church at Confirmation time; … Read more

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John O’Brien

(Patrick Joseph Hartigan) 1878 – 1952 Poems by John O’Brien Said Hanrahan Tangmalangmaloo One By One The Careys At Casey’s After Mass The Old Bush School Around the Boree Log Australian writer Patrick Joseph Hartigan (John O’Brien) was an ordained … Read more

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