Archive for April, 2008

ON THIS DAY – APRIL 18

ON THIS DAY, 18 APRIL

  • Henry Kendall born 1839, 274 works
  • Frank Marryat Norris born 1861, 2 works
  • Alexander G. Steven born 1885, 10 works
  • Jessie Street born 1889, 1 works
  • W. E. Harney born 1895, 65 works
  • Jean Gittins born 1908, 2 works
  • Don McInnis born 1916, 6 works
  • Sheila Hatherley born 1918, 12 works
  • Hilarie Lindsay born 1922, 60 works
  • Tom Griffith born 1922, 11 works
  • James Sinclair born 1928, 2 works
  • Tony Coady born 1936, 11 works
  • Jean Taylor born 1944, 28 works
  • Peter Knox born 1949, 11 works
  • Leigh Hobbs born 1953, 35 works
  • Susan King born 1953, 5 works
  • Lorraine Injie born 1962, 1 works
  • William Saumarez Smith died 1909, 1 works
  • W. H. Dawson died 1928, 8 works
  • Bessie Lee died 1950, 16 works
  • Daisy Bates died 1951, 9 works
  • Max Holtfreter died 1992, 28 works
  • Hubert Opperman died 1996, 1 works
  • Mary White died 2002, 8 works

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EARLY ILLAWARRA POETRY – A SELECTION

PETER KNOX – WHEN NEWS WAS POETRY

PETER KNOX IS SHOWN HERE WITH HEADSTONES AT WOLLONGONG ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.

These headstones came from Wollongong’s former graveyard by the sea. The Graveyard features in two of the poems in the anthology edited by Peter – EARLY ILLAWARRA POETRY – A SELECTION. ($16.45 – available at the Uni Shop Wollongong University or phone FIVE ISLANDS PRESS on 02 4271 5292)

Peter has included 6 poems on the BULLI DISASTER of 23rd March 1887.

‘Twas on the 23 of March the wires flashed the fatal news around

That eighty gallant miners

were lost beneath the ground.”

(M.J. Shannon Illawarra Mercury . April 9 ,1887)

Peter, in the process of his research, located 200-plus Illawarra-centric poems in newspapers and magazines. These were published between 1850s and 1920s.

Peter says ,

” Until the 1930s poetry was a very important part of journalism”

The track to Wollongong, Mt Keira, and Brookers Nose