Dryblower Murphy



His Poems & Music


As the complete  List is very extensive  (somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 poems), This column lists only those that are on this website,  the ever expanding list is below his biography


  1. 93 to 99

  2. A Kerbstone Idol

  3. A List to Port

  4. A Song of Sin#

  5. A Week Away

  6. Abolish the Bargain Sale  New

  7. An Absconding Debtor's Ditty #

  8. Andrew Barr of Doodlakine

  9. Armistice

  10. "Ave Maria"

  11. Beer

  12. Beyond

  13. Booze!

  14. Bricks Of Beer

  15. Christmas Camp

  16. Cooking & Patching Their Dungaree Pants

  17. Dossin' Outer Doors

  18. Feet !

  19. Fighting In France

  20. For the Good of the Cause 

  21. Gimme the Ground

  22. Gore-dliness

  23. His Quest

  24. Holus Bolus

  25. In the Sand

  26. 'Is 'Arp

  27. It Appears

  28. Leah Fouracre

  29. Look at His left Lapel

  30. Mick

  31. Mill Point

  32. Mrs Flanigan's Frock

  33. My Love

  34. My Son

  35. Nickin' In

  36. No Swearing in Japan #

  37. On Nights Like These

  38. Only a Demonstration #

  39. Out Back

  40. Pictorial Posters 1    2    3

  41. Pink

  42. Pints That I've Refused

  43. Renunciation

  44. River

  45. Shicker, I S'pose

  46. Signals

  47. Snores

  48. Some Girls Ago

  49. Teach 'Em to Shoot

  50. Tell Us Little Toad

  51. Ten Years Ago

  52. The Aliens

  53. The Blind

  54. The Devout Lover

  55. The Doctor's Story

  56. The Goldfield's Dream, A Grecian Gift  

  57. The Lodes That Under-lie

  58. The L.S.D. Laureate  

  59. The Rhymes Our Hearts Can Read

  60. The Saddest and the Gladdest

  61. The Smiths

  62. The Storm

  63. Thy Will be Done

  64. Westralia Demands Secession

  65. We've Got a Big Brother in America
    (music score) (1908  - revised 1925)

  66. We've Got a Good Friend in America
    (music score)

  67. What of the Pioneers

  68. What Next

  69. White

  70. Why Can't The Kids Be Always Young

  71. Wot Won the Larst?

  72. Wot's Yours?




His Books

Jarradale Jingles 1908

Dryblower's Verses 1924


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Edwin Greenslade (Dryblower) Murphy

Born: 12 December 1866

Died: 9 March 1939


Murphy was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, the tenth child and eldest son of Irish-born Edwin Murphy (plasterer and clay modeller), and his English wife Ellen, née Greenslade. He was educated at a state school at South Melbourne and began employment with his father at an early age. Murphy developed a good tenor voice, and joined the J. C. Williamson Opera Company, sang in the chorus and toured with it for two or three years.

Following the gold rush of 1892 Murphy went to Western Australia, arriving in Coolgardie in 1894 after walking the 350 miles from Perth. There he did some dry blowing at Fly Flat and participated in sing-songs around pianos in local public bars.

 Shortly after Murphy’s arrival on the goldfields, the Coolgardie Miner was launched by Billy Clare .  Some time later, Murphy became a regular contributor with a weekly gossip column using the pen-name "Dryblower"1, a name which he used for the rest of his life.

 Murphy travelled north-east of Coolgardie to I.O.U (Bulong) and with two fellow prospectors, found a rich source of gold worth about £2000 (a tidy sum for penniless prospectors). With one of the other prospectors, Murphy travelled to London to float the 'Esmerelda' goldmine, but it slumped and he returned home.

While in England, Murphy married Emma Eleanor Lowndes on 25 September 1895 at Hackney Register Office.

He stayed in England for some time, performing with Gilbert and Sullivan's "Doyle Carte Opera Company" - it was during this time that his association with Gilbert gave him an insight into the writing of poetry and song lyrics to which he found he had a natural talent. 

Returning to the West Australian goldfields in 1898, his crisp, humorous writing won him a job on the new Kalgoorlie's weekly “Sun”, where his chief regular column was 'The Mingled Yarn'.  Initially this column was, like his earlier one, largely humorous and satirical anecdotes of life  “on the fields” but almost from the beginning he started to write poetry, which he obviously had a flair for.

 Giving up the uncertainties of prospecting for a regular job,  in 1901 he  joined the permanent staff of the weekly Perth paper “West Australian Sunday Times” (A sister paper to the Kalgoorlie “Sun”) - Later renamed “Sunday Times”, to which he contributed, among many other journalistic jottings, a column entitled "Verse and Worse" almost until his death nearly 40 years later.   He was also still writing his “A Mingled Yarn” column in the “Sun”, along with sending his poetry to other publications throughout Australia (with limited success as he was competing for column space with some illustrious names of the times,  Paterson, Lawson, Dennis, Ogilvie, O’Brien   et al.    

 In 1904 Murphy published a novel, Sweet Boronia: A Story of Coolgardie, which was followed in 1908 by a selection of his verses, Jarrahland Jingles. A further selection, Dryblowers Verses, was published in 1924. 

 Privately, Murphy was a born joker and a great teller of stories. In his newspaper column he fought for many a popular cause, and his humour and kindly satire made him the best-known and best-loved journalist of his time in Western Australia.  Looking back, he would likely still be rated as one of the most influential Australian journalists of all time

 This exuberant raconteur was thickset and ginger haired with an aggressive turned-up nose. 

 Murphy was very quick to comment on anything  politically controversial and or anyone who was hypocritical, self seeking or (in his view) not doing the job they were paid to do, in particular politicians and senior public officials.

 Over the years, there were many caricatures of him in various newspapers.  One showed him with a full drooping moustache, thumbs stuck boastfully in his waistcoat, straw boater and tight stove-pipe trousers. While another portrayed him as a rather benign clown.

 Public men feared his lampooning pen, which did not deter him from running in 1934, unsuccessfully, as an Independent candidate for the Senate.

 Reading “between the lines” it would seem that his ever powerful pen may have caused several attempts to denigrate him both personally and professionally,  all however were unsuccessful and he continued to have a significant voice in Western Australian public affairs almost to the time of his death. 

 It is an interesting fact that Murphy was not in favour of the WA Goldfields Water Pipeline system, devised and constructed by the then State Engineer, C.Y. O’Connor with financial and political backing from his boss, the (only) WA colonial premier, John Forrest.  (whom Murphy termed "Jarrah Jack")

It was not the principle that he was opposed to, far from it, for he, like all other prospectors and miners of the early days of the Eastern Goldfields was well aware of the scarcity of fresh water and the ever present threat of death from dehydration.  What he was opposed to was the huge cost of the project, which in his  (and many others) opinion would bankrupt the State.  One of his poems “What of the Pioneers?” was written as the project neared completion;  It is rather pointed condemnation of the previous Forrest administration and the current leadership in its failure to recognise those whose efforts initially created the need for the mighty project (in 2011, little has changed in this regard—The poem could almost be set in today’s political climate).    

 In addition to his poetry, Murphy was a writer of short stories, many of which interwove the frailties of human nature with divine retribution.  One such story is The Man that God Forgot.  (new May 2015)

As well as his writing, in all its various forms, Murphy still found time for numerous public appearances at which he was a guest artist or speaker, either telling tales of the early days of the goldfields,  reciting his poetry and at times singing, both his own and other popular (and often patriotic) songs of the day.  He was also a regular at charity events, the theatre, political gatherings and any place of function where he may find material for his ever active pen.

 Murphy died of cancer at East Perth on 9 March 1939, survived by his wife and three sons of his five children; 'Dryblower' was buried in the Anglican section of Karrakatta cemetery, having left an estate of £288.

During his illness preceding his death, Victor Courtney, writing in the “Sunday Times”, on September 11, 1938 featured a summary of his illustrious literary career, an excerpt of which reads  

 In the 40 years of his history of this paper, Dryblower's work runs through it as the theme song of a new and brilliant Journalism.
Always the goldfields has been nearest and dearest to Dryblower's heart.
When Bayley's Day comes round his thoughts always wing to the old times of mateship and good cheer in the days when Coolgardie was young; when Paddy Hannan was writing the name of Kalgoorlie on the mining history of the world.

 BUT Dryblower has not been merely content to live in the past.   His vision has broadened with the broadening of the State. In his verse and in his prose (of which latter he has written splendid stuff), he has identified himself with every advance of our State history.  Week by week with rarely an interruption, Dryblower has written one or two and sometimes more sets of verse for "The Sunday Times."

It is estimated that In this period he has written over two thousand  separate pieces of verse for 'The Sunday Times" alone.  His has not been the lame and halting muse. He has been at all times vigorous and versatile, sparkling in satire, deft in repartee and kindly and sympathetic with the woes of the world.

Many of his verse titles are labels on the milestones of our State's progress.  ……………….

 Although Dryblower has been with "The Sunday Times" so many years, he belongs, not to a newspaper organisation, but to the State and Nation as a whole.

 In a hundred years time school children will read in the verse of Dryblower many happenings of to-day that will be the history of to-morrow.  Many sturdy singers have sung in the short life of Western Australia, and one day posterity will pay tribute to their work.  But among them all, Dryblower will stand out.
Destiny has marked him for immortality in the poetic story of our country.

 (It is unfortunate that Courtney’s predictions so far have not eventuated, for few Australian children  (or for that matter, adults) of the early twenty first century have even heard of him.  It is partly due to this that I have come to compile this book - BL)


His obituary reads:- "Murphy wrote a large amount of verse which he probably made little attempt to revise. It was inevitable that many of his poems should be little more than jingles, as is suggested in the title of his first volume. At his best, Murphy was a good popular poet, and the verses he wrote when his son enlisted during World War I, "My Son", succeed in expressing the mingled pride and anguish of the occasion, where a finer poet might have failed."

(My opinion however is that he was a political satyrist par excellance.  He wrote prolifically on all manner of subjects, but was was known particularly for his comments on political inadequacies and inefficiencies.  If he was unable to find a suitable word to describe a person or event, he like the poet he was, simply created one which generally fitted the context like a glove.  -  B.L.) 

"Privately, Murphy was a born joker and a great teller of stories. In his newspaper column he fought for many a popular cause, and his humour and kindly satire made him the best-known and best-loved journalist of his time in Western Australia.

This exuberant raconteur was thickset and ginger haired with an aggressive turned-up   nose; he was drawn by a cartoonist in 1907 with full drooping moustache, thumbs stuck boastfully in his waistcoat, straw boater and tight stove-pipe trousers.   He was later portrayed as as a rather benign clown

Public men feared his lampooning pen, which did not deter him from running in 1934, unsuccessfully, as an Independent candidate for the Senate."

Upon is death, there were many tributes to him and his work including this short tribute from Charlie Truslove

The Reaper grim, his scythe has swung
The funeral bells have toll'd,
The choir's hymns have all been sung,
The hand that wrote is cold
Those lips have froze, his voice is stilled;
No more the swinging song
That saddened hearts with hope has filled,
And rhymes that lilt along,
Full many mourn him near and far
Who in that casket lies;
His soul has gone to God, --but Ah!
The fullness of our eyes.

Sketch by Lowe,
Westralian Worker, 1912

One of Dryblower's more noted poems is "My Son", written after his eldest son Harry had gone off to war.  Storyteller Peter Macinnis has researched the background and of this poem as well as find out more about Harry Murphy - you can find the story   here 

Note 1     Dryblower    -   As the Western Australian goldfields was located in parched desert country no water was available for the 'normal' methods of panning and sluicing crushed ore for gold.  Instead a series of machines were invented which blew air through falling ore dust, the idea being that the heavier gold would drop into the pan below while the lighter dust would be blown away.  These machines were known as Dryblowers and ranged from small single person hand operated ones to large machine driven ones.  The smaller ones consisted essentially of a rocking cradle with a sieve in the bottom and a set of bellows to supply the air flow and a tray on the ground to receive the heavier gold .

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The following is an alphabetical listing of all the poems and music that I have so far found, but 'tis early days yet. This list is still a "Work in Progress" and will be for some time to come for I understand that in his 40 year journalistic career, Dryblower wrote well over 2000 poems of significance and possibly up to 10,000 in total,  this puts him far and away the most prolific poet in Australia, far outwriting the other prolific poet of the era, C. J. Dennis, who wrote around 3,000 poems.    This list does NOT contain the several hundred "profiles" of prominent people which he published with caricature drawings in the "Times" -  Refer also to the note I have included in the "Anonymous Goldfields Poets listings

Note - Many poems in this list have no title - I have given them a title indcative of the content - I have added the word (unnamed) to such poems

  1. "------ -------"

  2. 50 (Pounds) per Hour

  3. 93 and 99

  4. A Ballad of Bones

  5. A Ballad of Bustles

  6. A Ballad of Octopus Burt

  7. A Barmaid Ballad

  8. A Bat and Ball Ballad

  9. A Big Insolvency

  10. A Birthrate Ballad

  11. A Board of Health Ballad

  12. A Bob for the Blacks

  13. A Boom

  14. A Budget Ballad

  15. A Bushman's Message

  16. A Cable from Crossley

  17. A Certain Proportion

  18. A Change is Impending

  19. A Coming Eclipse

  20. A Consolation

  21. A Constant Correspondent

  22. A Dialogue

  23. A Dirge

  24. A Double Ballad

  25. A Dream Without A Dream

  26. A Fossicker's yarn

  27. A Fishy Story

  28. A Football Fantasy

  29. A Gibney-Riley Wrangle

  30. A Golden Gorge

  31. A Guinea Pig's Wail

  32. A Guinea, Ten and Five

  33. A Gutter Greeting

  34. A Holiday from News

  35. A Hundred Thousand Missing Men

  36. A Journalistic Paradise

  37. A Judge Must have His Joke

  38. A Kerbstone Idol

  39. A Kitchen Cantata

  40. A Kosher Carol

  41. A La Russ

  42. A Labor Leader's Lay

  43. A Lay of the Lock-UP 

  44. A legislative Lilt

  45. A Little List

  46. A Little Up His Sleeve

  47. A List to Port

  48. A Man With No TomorrowA Mare's Nest

  49. A Master Stroke at Mandurah

  50. A Melbourne Cup Nightmare

  51. A Message To the Mulga

  52. A Midnight Medley

  53. A Ministerial Plaint

  54. A Mission of Peace

  55. A Model Maiden at the Bar

  56. A Morsel From Mundaring

  57. A Moss Memory

  58. A Moss Melody

  59. A Much Married man (unnamed)

  60. A New Pome

  61. A New Word

  62. A New Year's Vow

  63. A Night Out

  64. A Noble Gallant Irish Patriot

  65. A Passing Bell(e)

  66. A Pastoral Prospectus

  67. A Pen Pest

  68. A Peril Nearer Home

  69. A Piebald Pome

  70. A Pie Shop Pygmalion

  71. A Pigeon Potters Poem

  72. A Pipe Track Poem

  73. A Political Artimus Ward

  74. A Punting We Will Go

  75. A Radium Rhyme

  76. A Religious Revival

  77. A Requiem in Almond Rock

  78. A Road and Bridges Member

  79. A Rock Drill Rhyme

  80. A Roman Daughter

  81. A Saintly Somersault

  82. A Saltbush Sermon

  83. A Seaside Idyll

  84. A Shameful Sight

  85. A Simultaneous Song

  86. A Sir-Lawloquy

  87. A Song of Alcohol

  88. A Song of Sin

  89. A Song of Summer

  90. A Song of Sutcliffe

  91. A Straight Tip

  92. A Sub Rosa Caesar

  93. A Summer Song

  94. A Sunday Sermon

  95. A Tale of the Test

  96. A Thought

  97. A Twentieth Century Song

  98. A Use for Cooke  (2 Poems)

  99. A Valentine

  100. A Very Pretty Wedding

  101. A Voice from the Pumpkin Patch

  102. A Wager

  103. A Wanted Wizard

  104. A Week Away

  105. A Weepful Warbler

  106. A Welcome New Industry

  107. A Wet Blow

  108. A Whiff from Yarra Bank

  109. A White Australia

  110. A Yes-No Yarn

  111. Abolish the Bargain Sales

  112. Abolition of the Upper House  (unnamed)

  113. Aboriginal Jew (unnamed)

  114. Ac Nemo Mortalium Sapit

  115. According to the Star

  116. Actors and Cattle (unnamed)

  117. Advertisement (unnamed)

  118. Advice to Aspirants

  119. Affairs Of State

  120. Ahead of the World

  121. All That's Needed

  122. American Bar (unnamed)

  123. An Absconding Debtor's Ditty

  124. An Alter of Luck

  125. An Idyll of Cottesloe Beach

  126. An Off Day at the Beach

  127. And All That Sort of Thing

  128. And Papers Like That

  129. Andrew Barr of Doodlakine

  130. Another Song of the Stamps

  131. Another Suggestion

  132. Anything Will Do

  133. Apples

  134. Apropos of "Mysterious disappearances”.

  135. Armistice

  136. Arque

  137. Asleep for 20 Years

  138. Astronomer Cooke (unnamed)

  139. At Last

  140. At The Cup (Kalgoorlie Cup 1904)

  141. At the Races

  142. Attorney General's Address

  143. Australia's National Anthem

  144. Aussies in England (unnamed)

  145. "Ave Maria"

  146. Away in a Huff (Unnamed)

  147. Ballad of Blankfoolishness

  148. Ballad of Octopus Burt

  149. Ballade of Needle Pain

  150. Ballad of Ye Bold Brigade

  151. Barren

  152. Beer

  153. Being a bard  (unnamed)

  154. Between Drinks

  155. Beyond

  156. Beyond the Crude Experimental Stage 

  157. Bide a Wee

  158. Bilby (unnamed)

  159. Bill

  160. Bill Bailey the Second

  161. Billie and I

  162. Billy, A Christmas carol

  163. Black 'Ard 'Ats

  164. Black - And White

  165. Bobby Hitchcock (unnamed)Bond or Free

  166. Boo-hoo

  167. Bosun Bill Enjoyed Himself

  168. Booze!

  169. Boshter Bill

  170. Bovril

  171. Brady's Navvy Gang

  172. Brave Man's Burden

  173. Breaking the Bonds

  174. Brewery Workers  (unnamed)

  175. Bricks Of Beer

  176. Brigg's Menagerie

  177. British Boozers (unnamed)

  178. Broken Resolutions

  179. Brown Vs Brown No Co-Re

  180. Bungaree Has Spoken

  181. Bungs Bat and ball Battle

  182. Burn It!

  183. Buy a Pound of Tea

  184. Cadd

  185. Call Me Doctor, Lovey Dear

  186. Called Back

  187. Calling

  188. Cambell's Malediction

  189. Campaigning from a distance (unnamed)

  190. Canning Jarrah

  191. Can't Something be Done

  192. Captain Cooks

  193. Careers At Stake

  194. Carpe Diem

  195. Carr Boyd and the Cannibals

  196. Caulfield CUP   - Tip (1902)
    & My Caulfield Tip

  197. Chamberlain of Brum

  198. Charles Westbrook (unnamed)

  199. Changes to the Ministry (unnamed)

  200. Changing Fashion (unnamed)

  201. Charlie Laver

  202. Chicanery (unnamed)

  203. Chinese Racehorse Owners (unnamed)

  204. Chorus Girls (unnamed)

  205. Chorus Ladies Wanted (unnamed)

  206. Christmas Boxes

  207. Christmas Camp

  208. Christmas Eve [1901]

  209. Christmas in Hospital

  210. Chucking No Chance Away

  211. Clyners of a Century Ago

  212. Color Lines

  213. Combo's Strike

  214. Comeanaveadrink

  215. Comeanavajarrah

  216. Comeanaveawhiskey

  217. Come back

  218. Come to the Caves

  219. Coming Population

  220. Concerning a Rat

  221. Concerning Kilts

  222. Concerning the CUP 

  223. Connemara (verses to music by Sn. Lardelli)

  224. Coo-ee (verses to music by Sn. Lardelli)

  225. Cooking & Patching Their Dungaree Pants

  226. Coolgardie's Calling You

  227. Court Adjournment (unnamed)

  228. Crack in the Moon (unnamed)

  229. Cricket's Coming

  230. Crockman's Island

  231. Cue Couplets

  232. Cue's twins

  233. Daglish Aint no Saint

  234. Da Drya-Da-Blow

  235. Darncin' On the Green

  236. Davies' Swan Song

  237. De Rougemont and His Rivals

  238. Deadwood's Christmas

  239. Death of Joe Mallett (unnamed)

  240. Deaths in England (unnamed)

  241. Debonairre

  242. Demonstration

  243. Deposed

  244. Depression

  245. Divorce (unnamed)

  246. Divorce Appeal (unnamed)

  247. Don't Use Force, Just Flog 'Em

  248. Dossin' Outer Doors

  249. Dr. Hackett

  250. Dr hackett becomes a father (unnamed)

  251. Drop the Digger

  252. Drifting

  253. Derby

  254. Dock-ed Dress

  255. Doodlekine by Daylight

  256. Dumbleyung

  257. Early Closing

  258. East Fremantle Football Club Song
    (music score)

  259. Easter Eggs

  260. Eastern Enterprise

  261. Eastertides (1923)

  262. Eastertide (1929)

  263. Eastertide (1932)

  264. Eastertide (1936)

  265. Election Lilts

  266. Election Promises (unnamed)

  267. England's Drink Bill (unnamed)

  268. Exiled West

  269. Exit Here

  270. Explained

  271. Facing His Fate

  272. "Familiar On the Fields" (many poems) 

  273. Farewell

  274. Farming on the Goldfields (unnamed)

  275. Featherbed (Ford)

  276. Federal Parliament (unnamed)

  277. Feet !

  278. Few and Far Between

  279. "Financial Times" Comment (unnamed)

  280. Five Thousand Quid

  281. Fifteen Bob a Week!

  282. Fighting In France

  283. Fighting the Boers

  284. 'Filberts'

  285. Fill 'Em Up

  286. Fish and Flesh

  287. Five Mile Square

  288. Floss and Flo

  289. Flotsam and Yachtsam

  290. Foley

  291. Fons Et Origo

  292. Footlight Fantasia

  293. For Better or Worse

  294. For Ladies Only

  295. For People Will Talk

  296. For the Good of the Cause  New

  297. For Their Sake

  298. Foreign Workers (unnamed)

  299. Forty Years

  300. Four Million Quid

  301. Four Quid a Week

  302. Frank Hann-Guish

  303. Fremantle Week

  304. Gentleman George

  305. Gentleman to Assist (unnamed)

  306. Get near the Gold

  307. Get Thee Behind

  308. Get up a Show

  309. Getting a Proposal (Unnamed)

  310. Gimme the Ground

  311. Gingin Down the Line

  312. Give 'em a Turn

  313. Give the Fields a Go

  314. Give Us Our Daily Tragedy

  315. Going East

  316. Goldfield Girls are Goin' 'Ome

  317. Good Gracious me! - Well on my Word

  1. Good Lord, Preserve the Gropers

  2. Goodbye

  3. Gore-dliness

  4. Groping in the Dark

  5. Guessing

  6. Gov. Bosun Bill (unnamed)

  7. Guy Fawkes UP   to Date

  8. Gymnastics at Kalgoorlie (unnamed)

  9. Hackett's Return (unnamed)

  10. Hallelujah!

  11. Halloween (1903)

  12. Hampton Plains

  13. Hanging on to History

  14. Harry Scholl (unnamed)

  15. Have You Filled Your Tankards High?

  16. He Cabled the Queen

  17. He Remembered

  18. He Was Known to the Police

  19. He Went Dead Crook on the Boss

  20. Hebe's Letter

  21. Her Rival

  22. Herald and Holman

  23. Heroes

  24. Hinkler's Here

  25. Hire and Sale

  26. His Deathbed Declaration

  27. His Experience

  28. His Inheritance

  29. His Majesty the Beak

  30. His Occupation

  31. His Quest

  32. Holus Bolus

  33. Hop Juice Heroes

  34. Hop, Sop and Crop

  35. Horan on Snakes

  36. Hot

  37. How kennedy Came to Perth

  38. Hymn of Hypnotism

  39. Hypnotise 'Em

  40. I Wisht Yer Meant It

  41. I Wuz Torkin to me Naber

  42. If God Came Down to Groperland

  43. If Jesus Came to Jarraland

  44. If there Weren't Such a Paper as the "Times"

  45. If they Clash with the Kirk

  46. If You Did

  47. If You Ladies Only Knew

  48. If We Could

  49. I'm Three years Old Today

  50. In a Jocular Sense

  51. In Gaol

  52. In memoriam (Re Gen. Sir Hector MacDonald)

  53. In Search of a Site

  54. In Summer Time

  55. In Sunday School

  56. In Sunny Spain

  57. In the Sand

  58. In the Shade of the old Oof Tree

  59. In the Smoke

  60. In the Steerage Going North

  61. In This Land

  62. In Tracy Park

  63. In Winter Time

  64. Incline Their Hearts

  65. Incog - A Ballad of Bosun Bill

  66. Interesting Spots

  67. Interviewed

  68. 'Is 'Arp

  69. Is dear Old Aussie In The Same Old Place   (music score)

  70. Is it Hot Enough?

  71. It Appears

  72. Itchcomb's Beat

  73. Its Future is Assured

  74. J. Duffy

  75. Japanese Victories (unnamed)

  76. Jiggin' Yet

  77. Jim - A Poppy Day Idyll

  78. Jingle

  79. Join

  80. Jones and the G.G.

  81. Just Plain Johnny (music score)

  82. Just By the Way

  83. Kids

  84. King Cricket

  85. King O'Malley (unnamed)

  86. "Knickers" (a song)

  87. Knockin' Round

  88. Kruger Returns

  89. L'Audace, Toujours L'Audace

  90. Ladies On Approval

  91. Ladies Riding Astride (unnamed) (Jun. 05)

  92. Ladies Riding Astride (unnamed) (Jan 06)

  93. Larry Kelly

  94. Law and Lash

  95. Leah Fouracre

  96. Lessons (unnamed)

  97. Let 'em Come

  98. Let 'em all Come

  99. Let 'Em Out

  100. Liars

  101. Libel

  102. Lines by D.D.

  103. Linked

  104. Litany of the Landlady

  105. Little Drudges

  106. Lofty Dick Welland, the Sandalwood King

  107. Look at His left Lapel

  108. Looking For Lasseter's Reef

  109. Looking Forward

  110. Look Nearer Home

  111. Loss of Servicer (unnamed)

  112. Loud Applause

  113. Louis Lohr

  114. Love and Lucre

  115. Love and the Law (unnamed)

  116. MacCarty Signs the Pledge

  117. Making Back

  118. Many Worse Places Than W.A. 

  119. Mark Time

  120. Martin Walsh is Well

  121. Matrimonial Ads (unnamed)

  122. Mary's Thoughts

  123. Me

  124. Me And ▬

  125. Melba's 'Dummy Spit' (unnamed)

  126. Memory Loss (unnamed)

  127. Men Who Missed the Bus

  128. Mick

  129. Mick Casey

  130. Military Manoeuvres

  131. Mill Point

  132. M'Pincher

  133. Mind What I Say

  134. Missing Friends

  135. Missing Gov. Money (unnamed)

  136. More Contempt

  137. More or Less Clouds

  138. Mother

  139. Mr. Alec Galling

  140. Mr. Billy Johnsing

  141. Mr. Brown and Dr. Haynes

  142. Mr. Charley Watsing

  143. Mr. Moran Regrets

  144. Mr. William Chooke

  145. Mrs Flanigan's Frock

  146. Mulga and a Maxim

  147. Mulga George

  148. Mulga Mick's Bonanza Mine

  149. Mulga's Mild Monopoly (Asking for his own)

  150. Mulga's NZ Trip  (unnamed)

  151. Mun-Da-Bun-Da-Noo-Na

  152. Murphy Shall Not

  153. Music and Morals

  154. My Caulfield Tip

  155. My Christmas Eves

  156. My Cup Dream (Melb. Cup 1905)

  157. My Cup Tip (Melb Cup 03)

  158. My Cup Tip (Perth 04)

  159. My Lady's Frock

  160. My Love

  161. My Onkus Educator

  162. My Son

  163. My Turn Next

  164. Naming Bad Weather (unnamed)

  165. Nance

  166. Nautical Terms (unnamed)

  167. Needed Nearer Home

  168. New Cabinet members (unnamed)

  169. New Year Resolutions

  170. New Year Resolutions (1905)

  171. Next Address, Nannine

  172. Nickin' In

  173. Nine Little Nuptials

  174. No British Need Apply

  175. No Confidence

  176. No Out of Workers Need Apply

  177. Non Union Burials (unnamed)

  178. Not on Hunter's Corner

  179. Not what You Seem (unnamed)

  180. Now English Cricket's Over

  181. Of Nothing Apropos

  182. Oh Say Not So, Deserted Lamb

  183. On Nights Like These

  184. On the Bag

  185. On the Land

  186. One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pound

  187. One Thing Left (unnamed)

  188. Only a Black

  189. Only a Myth

  190. Organist Wanted (unnamed)

  191. Our 'Appy Labor 'Ome

  192. Our Coronation Cable

  193. Our Daily Gore

  194. Our Maggie

  195. Out Back

  196. Out of Date

  197. Out on the Rocks

  198. Owed to Daglish

  199. Owed to Winter

  200. Paraguay - New Australia (unnamed)

  201. Patrick O'Toole (unnamed)

  202. Pauper Burials (unnamed)

  203. Payable Claims

  204. Pecuniary Reward for Poets (unnamed)

  205. Pedigree (Unnamed)

  206. Penny in the Slot

  207. Perfect

  208. Petherick Pilloried

  209. Philosophical Thoughts (unnamed)

  210. Pictorial Posters 1

  211. Pictorial Posters 2

  212. Pictorial Posters 3

  213. Pictorial Posters 4 onwards (Over 300 caricatures)

  214. Pidgin English

  215. Pigs

  216. Pink

  217. Pints That I've Refused

  218. Pioneers

  219. Pity the Plight

  220. Plague Innoculation (unnamed)

  221. Playing Ping Pong

  222. Plenty Whitee Girlie

  223. PM Geo. Reid (unnamed)

  224. Poets and Pintpots

  225. Poets - of a Sort

  226. Political Promises (unnamed)

  227. Port De France Volcano (unnamed)

  228. Punds Shillings and Pence

  229. Pray Have You Tried Them

  230. Prayer by Proxy

  231. Premier Daglish (unnamed)

  232. Preparing

  233. Principles V Expedience

  234. Promising Indications

  235. Public Opinion

  236. Pull Together

  237. Quantity and Quality

  238. Quarter Fare

  239. Queen of the Earth (Music Score)

  240. Rabbit (unnamed)

  241. Railways (unnamed)

  242. Railways Efficiency (unnamed)

  243. Rason's First Budget (unnamed)

  244. Red Poppies

  245. Remember the Sabbath Day

  246. Renunciation

  247. Reprieved

  248. Retrenching

  249. Returned Soldiers (unnamed)

  250. Rip Van Groper

  251. River

  252. Robbers up to Date

  253. Roe and Ric.

  254. Rol(l)and for Oliver

  255. Rum 'Ot Club

  256. Said Hackett

  257. Sailing on the Swan

  258. Sandbags

  259. Santa Claus (1902)

  260. Santa Claus: For Children Young and Old

  261. Second Nature

  262. Second Sight

  263. Send 'Em Out

  264. Seventy Seven Years Ago

  265. Share and Share Alike

  266. Share Sharks (unnamed)

  267. She's Rather Glad She Made It.

  268. Sherlock Holmes

  269. Shicker, I S'pose

  270. Signals

  271. Sing a Song of Sixpence

  272. Singing Competition (unnamed)

  273. Sir Bosun Breaking-In #

  274. Sir George

  275. Six Hundred Dead

  276. Six Hundred Thousand Quid

  277. Sixteen Miles

  278. Sixteenth Child (unnamed)

  279. Sixty Four

  280. Slingin' Tips

  281. Smith

  282. Smith! and the Gunn That Went Off!

  283. Smoodgin'

  284. Snakebites

  285. Snippets (Many very short ditties)

  286. Snores

  287. So-and-So and Co.

  288. Some Australian Bards

  289. Some Crisp and Christian Christmas  Comments

  290. Some Girls Ago

  291. Something!

  292. Something in the Air

  293. So and So and Co

  294. Sop, Sop, Sop !

  295. Sox

  1. Special Hells

  2. Specimen Shows

  3. Sport

  4. St. Patricks Day at Wanneroo

  5. Stinking Fish

  6. Strikes

  7. Su-bi-ack-er

  8. Subiaco the Cynosure

  9. Suggestions to Abolish the Upper House (unnamed)

  10. Summer's Coming

  11. Summer's Here

  12. Summer's Over

  13. Summer's Song

  14. Sunday Sport (unnamed)

  15. Sunday Sport (unnamed - Dec 1905)

  16. Sure To Get On Very Well

  17. Swagman Unknown

  18. Swear Off

  19. Swearing Off

  20. Sweet Are the Uses of Advertisement

  21. Sweet Nell

  22. Sydney James

  23. Tail from the Fields

  24. Tanami

  25. Tar & Feathers, Feathers & Tar

  26. Teach 'Em to Shoot

  27. Ted's Letter

  28. Tell Us Little Toad

  29. Tell Us, Mr. Cirnoc

  30. Telling the Truth (unnamed)

  31. Tempted


  33. Ten Little Shicker Boys

  34. Ten Years Ago

  35. Thank You Mrs. Rason for the Apples

  36. The Aeroplane Police

  37. The Aliens

  38. The Altar of Luck

  39. The Animal Ball

  40. The Apostate

  41. The Aristocratic Bummer

  42. The Awakening

  43. The Ballad of Mulga's Whiskers

  44. The Battle of the Bungs

  45. The Beard

  46. The Beerless Band

  47. The Black 'Ard 'Ats

  48. The Blind

  49. The Bolted Bride

  50. The Boulder Star (unnamed)

  51. The Brave Man's Burden

  52. The Brewery Picnic

  53. The Broadway Hoofer

  54. The Burden

  55. The Buttresses of Britain

  56. The Cable Curse

  57. The Call

  58. The Candidates

  59. The Caulfield Cup - A Tip

  60. The Casus Belli

  61. The Chaytor Personality

  62. The Children's Cry

  63. The Christening

  64. The Christmas Cup (1903)

  65. The City of York

  66. The Clune Case

  67. The Cobbler and his Last

  68. The Codlin Moth

  69. The Coming Crawl

  70. The Condemned

  71. The Confession

  72. The Considerate O'Reilly

  73. The Cork Club Chronicles 1 (22 Oct 05)

  74. The Critic

  75. The Crook's Carnival

  76. The Cup (Perth Cup 1902)

  77. The Cup   (1903 New Year Cup)

  78. The Cup (Kal. 1905)

  79. The Curse of Collie Coal

  80. The Daily News (unnamed)

  81. The Dead Cert.

  82. The Debacle

  83. The Democrats

  84. The Deserter

  85. The Devout Lover

  86. The Doctor's Story

  87. The Dream of Mulga Taylor

  88. The Duke's Farewell

  89. The Editor's Wail (From Fremantle Jail)

  90. The Eleven of 1905

  91. The Enemy at Fremantle

  92. The Event of the Year

  93. The Extended Beauty

  94. The Fate of Bulgobak

  95. The Five Starred Flag (music score)

  96. The Fossiker's Yarn

  97. The Gallery God

  98. The Goldfield's Dream, A Grecian Gift

  99. The Gospel of Brewster

  100. The Great Colonial Calendar.

  101. The Greeks

  102. The happy Careless days

  103. The Hebrew Fancy Ball

  104. The Immigration Commission

  105. The Inopportune Dawson

  106. The Joss of Jahore

  107. The Joys of Journalism #

  108. The Kangarooster's Anthem

  109. The Karrakatta Encampment

  110. The Ketch-Penny Press

  111. The King Has Sent His Sympathy

  112. The Labor Movement from Within

  113. The Lady Help #

  114. The lament of Kingsmill

  115. The Languageville Council

  116. The Last Test

  117. The Last Train

  118. The Latest Federal Farce

  119. The Lay of the Looter

  120. The Liar King

  121. The List

  122. The Lizards Have Left

  123. The Lodes That Under Liar Lies

  124. The Lodes That Under-lie

  125. The Lord Will Provide

  126. The Lord Versus Landlord

  127. The LSD Laureate

  128. The Maiden's Prayer

  129. The Mailman from Mitchell Creek

  130. The Man from Cookes

  131. The Man in the Street

  132. The Man Who Knows it All

  133. The Mayor

  134. The Melbourne Cup (1903)

  135. The Miner Up to date

  136. The Modern Bogie Man

  137. The Morning Trial Spins

  138. The Mulga Man's lament

  139. The Music Hall Poet

  140. The New Dolly Gray

  141. The Nudists and Their Nabbers

  142. The Oculist Surmises

  143. The One Thing Needful

  144. The Partial Teetotaller

  145. The Passing of Arthur

  146. The Passing of the Bushman

  147. The Penalty

  148. The Pilbarra Line

  149. The Pilbarra Party

  150. The Pioneer

  151. The Pioneers

  152. The Plougman's Frost

  153. The Poet

  154. The Poet's Girl

  155. The Policeman of the Future

  156. The Presentation - A Forecast

  157. The Printer

  158. The Promise

  159. The Prude

  160. The Punishment

  161. The Punter's Seven Stages

  162. The Pushful Petticoat

  163. The Question of the Hour

  164. The Raison D'Etre

  165. The Rajah of new Guinea

  166. The Rattler

  167. The Reason

  168. The Restaurant

  169. The Rev. Wilson

  170. The Rhymes Our Hearts Can Read

  171. The Rider

  172. The Roll

  173. The Roll of Fame

  174. The Saddest and the Gladdest

  175. The Shicker Shop

  176. The Silence Ban

  177. The Singing Six

  178. The Situation

  179. The Slide Trombone

  180. The Smiths

  181. The Song of the Axe

  182. The Song of the Western Men

  183. The Sport

  184. The Start

  185. The State Owned Shicker Shop

  186. The Storm

  187. The Stranger Speaks

  188. The Summer Girl

  189. The Sweets of Office

  190. The Tabby Brings in The Tea

  191. The Tail of the Dog

  192. The Tariff

  193. The Tyrannous Tariff

  194. The Test (Jan 02)

  195. The Test (Dec 03)

  196. The Toodyay Road

  197. The Trail of Ten Foot Ted

  198.  The Victim

  199. The Warrior Sons Who Walked

  200. The Wellington St. Drain

  201. The Wrong End

  202. The Yesterdays of York

  203. Them Was the Days

  204. They Clamoured for Reid

  205. They Lingered Over Lunch

  206. They Pounce Upon the Plague

  207. They Say

  208. They Who Made Peace

  209. They've Driven Dag. to Drink

  210. Things that Cannot Be Explained

  211. Things That Keep 'Em Away

  212. Think Versus Drink

  213. Thirty Years a Boarder

  214. This Bit Of the World Belongs to Us (music score)

  215. Thou Shalt Not

  216. Thou Shalt Not Bet

  217. Thou Shalt Not Hike

  218. Three Hundred and Thirty Two Gallons of Grog and Thirty Four Hundred Cigars

  219. Three Years Ago

  220. Thy Will be Done

  221. Tin Dog

  222. Tinned Dog

  223. To ――――

  224. To a Mosquito

  225. To Be an M.L.A.

  226. To J.C.Williamson

  227. To Other Mens Wives

  228. To the Rev. G. E. Rowe

  229. To Welcome In His X.

  230. To Whom it May Concern

  231. T'Othersiders (his first poem published in WA)

  232. Today is Mothers' Day

  233. Tom's Vow

  234. Touching a Twang

  235. Turtle Soup

  236. Twenty Years Ago

  237. Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Quid

  238. Two Munce

  239. Two Pictures

  240. Unawares

  241. Unawares

  242. Under Pony Rules

  243. Under the Old Regime

  244. Unfaithful Wives

  245. Universal Peace

  246. Unless You are a Lady

  247. Utopia

  248. Valentines Day  Feb 14  1906

  249. Vice Versa

  250. Victorian Train Strike (unnamed)

  251. Von Mueller

  252. Waiting for Rain

  253. Waiting for the Rail.

  254. Wallace Nelson (unnamed)

  255. Wanneroo Wedding (unnamed)

  256. Wanted Chorus Ladies'Ware the Roller Rinking Man

  257. W.D.

  258. We Are SevenWestern Australia has 840 Men at the Front

  259. Westralia Demands Secession

  260. Westralia's Messenger from Mars

  261. We've Got a Big Brother in America
    (music score) (1908  - revised 1925)

  262. We've Got a Bit Longer to Wait

  263. We've Got a Good Friend in America
    (music score)

  264. What ANZAC Means

  265. What Dag. Didn't Say

  266. What of the Pioneers

  267. What May Happen To a Man

  268. What Next

  269. What the Eye Can't See

  270. What the H--- Do You Think Of It Now

  271. What Will the Miner Curse About

  272. What They Didn't Say

  273. What's Wrong

  274. When a Boy's Behind the Bar

  275. When "Baby" Shoots the Chute

  276. When Bayley's Day Comes Round

  277. When Billy Minds the baby

  278. When Bull Begins to Bellow

  279. When Carr-Boyd Goes a-Carring

  280. When Confession Cards are Read

  281. When Councils Run the Pubs

  282. When Counter Lunch is Off

  283. When Curfew Rings

  284. When Father Christmas Comes

  285. When Forrest Took the Knock

  286. When Moses Shuts His Bag

  287. When Mulga Bill's in Town

  288. When It's Summer

  289. When Malachi Started Work

  290. When Sportsmen Stand AGHAST

  291. When They Brighten the Gazette

  292. When They Call UP  on Cutts

  293. When They Offered Me My Price.

  294. When They Purify the West

  295. When They Talk About the Weather

  296. When We Fly

  297. When We Welcome Victor Trumper

  298. When You Go to the Poll

  299. When You've Been on the Booze

  300. Where Are We?

  301. Where "Granny" Draws the Line

  302. Where Were You Last Night ?

  303. Wherever the World is Wide (music score)

  304. Which?

  305. White

  306. Whitewash

  307. Who makes Money on the Races (unnamed)

  308. Whitmanesque (Blank Verse)

  309. Will Ye No Come Back Ag'in

  310. William E Chooke

  311. Wives Who Want Tapping

  312. Who Slandered Parker?

  313. Why Can't The Kids Be Always Young

  314. Women - And Ladies

  315. Words To That Effect

  316. Work Vs Wages (unnamed)

  317. Workers Wages (unnamed)

  318. Working 6 Days (unnamed)

  319. Worn Out

  320. Worse

  321. Worse Than Verse (June 1904)

  322. Worse than Verse (May 1905)

  323. Wot Did I Tell Y'

  324. Wot Won the Larst?

  325. Wot's Yours?

  326. Yeo, Eve Ho

  327. Yes or No

  328. You Can't Get Shick on Shandy

  329. Your Town (a patriotic appeal to the town of Fremantle)

  330. Yuletide Memories

 many, many more to come


As much of Dryblower's poetry was "unauthored" it is possible that I have credited him with some poems by other people.  Should you be able to verify any poem here as belonging to another, please inform me and I will make suitable amendments


These Poems are either Anon or are credited with another Author, but by their style, content and wordage are very likely to be by "Dryblower"  -  Writing without his own signature was done for a number of reasons, the main one being that once he was 'established', he didn't 'need' to put his name on poem in 'his columns'.  Unauthored poems from 'his' columns are listed above, while those in this list are poems which were outside these columns.  Other reasons were to fill his "readers contributions" section when he'd had none and was likely to be disinclined to be seen to be "hugging the limelight",  to give conflicting points of view in the same edition or to appear to be a 'local' from some distant place.  I doubt he ever used this to avoid censure, or prosecution for libel,  these he thrived on.

1 Author listed Poem Published
2 No Author given Another pair of Sleeves Sunday Times,  November 13th  1904
3 No Author given Fighting the Boers     West Australian Sunday Times,  December 31st  1899
5 No Author given The Absentee, West Australian Sunday Times,  December 31st  1899
6 No Author given The Nine O'clock Brigade West Australian Sunday Times,  April 21st  1901  
7 No Author given The Lady Help Sunday Times,  June 21st 1903
8 No Author given The Mailman of Mitchell's Creek Sunday Times, February 26th  1905
9 No Author given The Tuggsville Band Contest Kal "Sun" & Sunday Times,  January 1st 1905
10 No Author given When I Get back To Perth Sunday Times,  May 15th 1904
11 No Author given When the Lights o' Hannans Call Kal "Sun" & Sunday Times,  Feb 26th 1905
12 No Author given Where Some White men Lie Sunday Times, Jan 8th 1905, Kal Sun Jan 1st 1905
13 No Author Given Whipping the Cat Sunday Times, March 19th / Kal. "Sun"  1905
14 No Author Given For the Glory of the Lord Sunday Times,  April 23rd  1905
15 No Author Given Kruger Returns Sunday Times,  July 16th  1905
16 No Author given The Extended Beauty  Sunday Times,  September 24th 1905
17 "Bloated Moses" An Absconding Debtor's Ditty Sunday Times,  August 16th  1903
18 "Coolgardie" A Song of Sin Sunday Times,  July 13th  1902
19 "Cynicus" Rats,      Israel's Gods,      Wearing Corks  Sunday Times,  March 8th 1903
20 "Day Dawn" Reincarnation Sunday Times,  May 31st  1903
21 "From a U.S. paper" No Swearing in Japan Sunday Times,  August 7th 1904
22 "H.D."  (Harry Daglish) Various Reasons Why Sunday Times,  July 16th  1905
23 One of the A.N.A. Her Answer Sunday Times,  June 26th  1904
24 "Public Opinion" Only a Demonstration Sunday Times,  August 14th 1904
25 The Daglish Glee Club A Cabinet Chorus Sunday Times, Jan 8th 1905  Kal "Sun" ?
26 The Prodigal Smiler
Mulga and the Gins
Sunday Times,  Sept 1904
Sunday Times,  October  1901
27 "The Swagman Daglish Aint no Saint Sunday Times, July 16th  1905
28 "Thom. Fog" The Ballad of Mulga's Whiskers Sunday Times,  January 15th 1905
29 Typo Journal Plain English Sunday Times,  March 19th 1905
30 "West Perth" Me and the Other Three Sunday Times,  July 23rd  1905
31 The Seaman Cork Club Chronicles *1 commenced  Sunday Times,  September 24th  1905


1          The Cork Club Chronicles is the 'minutes' of a series of  fictitious meetings of various prominent Perth People. - they included both prose and poetry in which the foibles of various politicians are referred in a similar style (but much longer) to Dryblower's "caricatures" - This was at a time when the Daglish Labor Government had resigned, and theoretically, a new Government under Hector Rason was in power,  the only problem was that he could not get sufficient support to form a government - this had been the reason that Daglish was forced to resign.  The group holding the balance of power refused to support either.


In some editions, I have extracted the poems under their own title, whilst in others I have lumped them together under this title with a date added. Some editions are rather difficult to separate the prose from the poems  without losing continuity - some of these I have elected not to include.  Many of these involved characters whom I could find no reference to or to be able to deduce who they represented



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