Where the Pelican Builds single work   poetry   "The horses were ready, the rails were down,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1881 1881
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Alternative title: Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest
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    y The Bulletin vol. 5 no. 59 12 March 1881 Z635784 1881 periodical issue 1881 pg. 9
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    y Where the Pelican Builds and Other Poems Mary Hannay Foott , Brisbane : Gordon and Gotch , 1885 Z138080 1885 selected work poetry Brisbane : Gordon and Gotch , 1885 pg. 5
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    y The Bulletin vol. 17 no. 848 16 May 1896 Z599083 1896 periodical issue 1896 pg. 2 Section: The Red Page
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    y The Bookfellow 29 April 1899 Z593163 1899 periodical issue 1899 pg. 27
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    y School Paper for classes V and VI no. 72 March 1905 Z1598232 1905 periodical issue 1905 pg. 27
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    y School Paper for Classes V and VI no. 90 October 1906 Z1608483 1906 periodical issue 1906 pg. 136
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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 Z407025 1907 anthology poetry A selection of published and previously unpublished verse 'representative of the best short poems written by Australians or inspired by Australian scenery and conditions of life, - "Australian" in this connection being used to include New Zealand.' (Introduction, p. vii) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 pg. 77-78
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    y The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 Z59189 1909 anthology poetry humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 pg. 75-76
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    y The Children's Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z1413998 1913 anthology poetry children's Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 pg. 32
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    y School Paper : Grades V and VI no. 194 October 1914 Z1647638 1914 periodical issue 1914 pg. 154
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    y A Book of Queensland Verse J. J. Stable , A. E. M. Kirwood , Brisbane : Queensland Book Depot , 1924 Z545108 1924 anthology poetry Brisbane : Queensland Book Depot , 1924 pg. 35-36
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    y Selections from the Australian Poets Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z521150 1913 anthology poetry Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing , 1925 pg. 42
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    y The Register 31 March 1925 Z1787638 1925 newspaper issue 1925 pg. 4
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    y School Paper : Grades V and VI no. 324 March 1926 Z1634684 1926 periodical issue 1926 pg. 29
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    y An Australasian Anthology : Australian and New Zealand Poems Percival Serle (editor), R. H. Croll (editor), Frank Wilmot (editor), London : Collins , 1927 Z893479 1927 anthology poetry London : Collins , 1927 pg. 74
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    y Victorian Readers : Sixth Book Melbourne : Victoria Education Department , 1929 Z1417043 1929 anthology poetry prose children's fiction essay extract Melbourne : Victoria Education Department , 1929 pg. 87-88
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    y Victorian Readers : Sixth Book Melbourne : Victoria Education Department , 1929 Z1417043 1929 anthology poetry prose children's fiction essay extract Melbourne : Victoria Education Department , 1940 pg. 89-90
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    y New Song in an Old Land Rex Ingamells (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1943 Z132802 1943 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1943 pg. 51
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    y Australian Bush Songs and Ballads Will Lawson (editor), Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1944 Z331491 1944 anthology poetry Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1944 pg. 28-29
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    y Spoils of Time : Some Poems of the English Speaking Peoples Rex Ingamells (editor), Melbourne : Georgian House , 1948 Z1025294 1948 anthology poetry Melbourne : Georgian House , 1948 pg. 78
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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 6472657 1952 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 pg. 102-103
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    y Dawn: A Magazine for the Aboriginal People of N.S.W. vol. 8 no. 5 May 1959 6106358 1959 periodical issue 1959 pg. 2
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    y Favourite Australian Poems Ian Mudie (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1963 Z337064 1963 anthology poetry humour Adelaide : Rigby , 1963 pg. 73
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    y From the Ballads to Brennan T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z407973 1964 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 84-85
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    y Silence into Song : An Anthology of Australian Verse Clifford O'Brien , Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 Z413694 1968 anthology poetry extract Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 pg. 19
    Note: Includes annotations
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    y Bards in the Wilderness : Australian Colonial Poetry to 1920 Adrian Mitchell (editor), Brian Elliott (editor), Melbourne : Nelson , 1970 Z429552 1970 anthology poetry Melbourne : Nelson , 1970 pg. 115-116
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    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 71
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    y A Treasury of Colonial Poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 Z363730 1982 anthology poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 pg. 126
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 36
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    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 162
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    y Favourite Australian Poems Brookvale : Child and Associates , 1987 Z151325 1987 anthology poetry extract Brookvale : Child and Associates , 1987 pg. 36
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    y The Poet's Discovery : Nineteenth Century Australia in Verse Richard Douglas Jordan (editor), Peter Pierce (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1990 Z299524 1990 anthology poetry biography Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1990 pg. 203-204
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    y The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature Ken L. Goodwin (editor), Alan Lawson (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 Z535337 1990 anthology criticism correspondence extract poetry drama biography short story prose humour satire travel South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 256-257
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads [1993] Elizabeth Webby (editor), Philip Butterss (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z136407 1993 anthology poetry humour satire Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 191
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    y The Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse Susan Lever (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1995 Z566500 1995 anthology poetry biography South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1995 pg. 21
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    y Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology John Leonard (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z461207 1998 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) A thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of first publication of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 329
    Note: Editor's note: Written 1881.
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    y Little Book of Birds Julie Stokes (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1999 Z69397 1999 anthology poetry Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1999 pg. 22
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    y Hell, Highwater and Hard Cases Bruce Simpson , Sydney : ABC Books , 1999 Z1447205 1999 selected work poetry biography short story autobiography Sydney : ABC Books , 1999 pg. 16
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    y Classic Australian Verse Maggie Pinkney (editor), Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 Z864790 2001 anthology poetry Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 pg. 45
    Note: With title: Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest
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    y Our Country : Classic Australian Poetry : From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson Michael Cook (editor), Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 Z1266972 2004 anthology poetry Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 pg. 75
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    y An Anthology of Australian Poetry to 1920 John Kinsella (editor), Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 Z1908582 2007 anthology poetry column prose Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 pg. 256
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    y 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know Jamie Grant (editor), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 Z1545298 2008 anthology poetry Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 pg. 40
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    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 72
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 192-193
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    y 60 Classic Australian Poems for Children Chris Cheng (editor), Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1656747 2009 anthology poetry children's

    'The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!

    'No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009
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    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 385
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 62-63

Works about this Work

Queensland's First Professional Woman Journalist : Mary Hannay Foott Patricia Clarke , 2014 single work biography
— Appears in: Queensland History Journal , February vol. 22 no. 4 2014; (p. 303-315)
Not a Song Mary Hannay Foott , 1891 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 6 October 1891; (p. 7)
Not a Song Mary Hannay Foott , 1891 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 6 October 1891; (p. 7)
Queensland's First Professional Woman Journalist : Mary Hannay Foott Patricia Clarke , 2014 single work biography
— Appears in: Queensland History Journal , February vol. 22 no. 4 2014; (p. 303-315)
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