y Ode for Commonwealth Day single work   poetry   "Awake! Awake! The wings of dawn"
Alternative title: Ode for Commonwealth Day 1st January, 1901
Issue Details: First known date: 1900 1900
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Notes

  • Evans dated this work: 'Toowoomba, Queensland, Oct. 1, 1900.'
  • 'The adjudicators appointed by the Premier to decide who was entitled to the prize of 50 guineas offered for the best ode composed for Commonwealth Day were Mr. Justice Owen, Mr. E. Du Faur (president of the art gallery), and Mr. Alexander Oliver, B.A., (president of the Land Appeal Court). After a careful perusal of a large number of compositions, they unhesitatingly selected an ode sent in by Mr. George Essex Evans of Toowoomba, but asked the author to make three amendments. Curiously enough Mr. Evans anticipated the wishes of the adjudicators by forwarding another copy of the ode with the very alterations made therein as suggested.' - Sydney Morning Herald, 27 December, 1900.

  • The 'Commonwealth Ode' was initially published in a number of Australian newspapers in October 1900. Evans subsequently made several minor alterations to the work, most of which involved the fourth verse. Evans also altered the first line to 'Awake! Arise! The wings of dawn'. It is this later version of the work that appeared in Australian newspapers in December 1900 and January 1901, and which was published as a leaflet in 1901 by the New South Wales Government.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y School Paper for Classes V and VI no. 26 December 1900 Z1569902 1900 periodical issue 1900 pg. 59-60
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    y The Brisbane Courier vol. 57 no. 13405 29 December 1900 Z1757334 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 5
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    y The Sydney Morning Herald 27 December 1900 Z1757338 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 5
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    y The Mercury 31 October 1900 Z1757390 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 6
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    y The Examiner 29 December 1900 Z1757447 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 11
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    y The Advertiser 23 October 1900 Z1757457 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 6
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    y The Argus 20 October 1900 Z1757471 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 4
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    y The Sunday Times no. 780 30 December 1900 9265328 1900 newspaper issue 1900 pg. 14
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    y The Bulletin vol. 22 no. 1090 5 January 1901 Z592489 1901 periodical issue 1901 pg. 2 Section: The Red Page
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    y The Australian Town and Country Journal vol. 62 no. 1613 5 January 1901 Z608353 1901 newspaper issue 1901 pg. 16
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    y The Brisbane Courier vol. 57 no. 13407 1 January 1901 Z1112236 1901 newspaper issue 1901 pg. 23
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    y The Sydney Morning Herald 1 January 1901 Z1757412 1901 newspaper issue 1901 pg. 12
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    y The Queenslander 5 January 1901 Z1757438 1901 newspaper issue 1901 pg. 43
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    y The Advertiser 1 January 1901 Z1757463 1901 newspaper issue 1901 pg. 9
      Sydney, New South Wales,: 1901 .
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    y The Coo-ee Reciter : Humourous, Pathetic, Dramatic, Dialect, Recitations and Readings William T. Pyke , London Melbourne : Ward, Lock , 1904 Z392035 1904 anthology short story poetry London Melbourne : Ward, Lock , 1904 pg. 77-79
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    y The Secret Key and Other Verses George Essex Evans , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1906 Z415264 1906 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1906 pg. 11-14
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    y Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

    'The Australian Poetry Library (APL) aims to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.

    This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited. Teachers, students and readers of Australian poetry can also create personalised anthologies, which can be purchased and downloaded. Print on demand versions will be availabe from Sydney University Press in the near future.

    It is hoped that the APL will encourage teachers to use more Australian material in their English classes, as well as making Australian poetry much more available to readers in remote and regional areas and overseas. It will also help Australian poets, not only by developing new audiences for their work but by allowing them to receive payment for material still in copyright, thus solving the major problem associated with making this material accessible on the Internet.

    The Australian Poetry Library is a joint initiative of the University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Begun in 2004 with a prototype site developed by leading Australian poet John Tranter, the project has been funded by a major Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), CAL and the University of Sydney Library. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, led by Professor Elizabeth Webby and John Tranter, in association with CAL, have developed the Australian Poetry Library as a permanent and wide-ranging Internet archive of Australian poetry resources.' Source: www.poetrylibrary.edu.au (Sighted 30/05/2011).

    Sydney : 2004-

Works about this Work

The Chinese and Federation J. B. Hirst , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Otherland , December no. 9 2004; (p. 11-20)
In this article, John Hirst draws upon a number of Australian poems to examine the connections between the cultural exclusion of Chinese immigrants and the federation of the Australian colonies.
Deep Rooted in the Commonwealth? : Australian Artists and Writers and the Sydney Federation Celebrations 1901 Chris Eley , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The New Federalist , June no. 7 2001; (p. 62-70)
The Essex Evans Verse Cecil Mann , 1929 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 6 March vol. 50 no. 2560 1929; (p. 5)
Country Item 1901 single work column
— Appears in: Northern Territory Times and Gazette , 15 February 1901; (p. 3)
Columnist criticises George Essex Evans for omitting the Northern Territory from his winning poem and offers a verse to be inserted on its behalf, taking omission as another indicator of how the Northern Territory is ignored by the rest of Australia.
Verse, Pictures and a Personal Reaction Alfred George Stephens , 1901 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 5 January vol. 22 no. 1090 1901; (p. 2)
Country Item 1901 single work column
— Appears in: Northern Territory Times and Gazette , 15 February 1901; (p. 3)
Columnist criticises George Essex Evans for omitting the Northern Territory from his winning poem and offers a verse to be inserted on its behalf, taking omission as another indicator of how the Northern Territory is ignored by the rest of Australia.
The Chinese and Federation J. B. Hirst , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Otherland , December no. 9 2004; (p. 11-20)
In this article, John Hirst draws upon a number of Australian poems to examine the connections between the cultural exclusion of Chinese immigrants and the federation of the Australian colonies.
Verse, Pictures and a Personal Reaction Alfred George Stephens , 1901 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 5 January vol. 22 no. 1090 1901; (p. 2)
The Essex Evans Verse Cecil Mann , 1929 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 6 March vol. 50 no. 2560 1929; (p. 5)
Deep Rooted in the Commonwealth? : Australian Artists and Writers and the Sydney Federation Celebrations 1901 Chris Eley , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The New Federalist , June no. 7 2001; (p. 62-70)
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