Jack's Last Muster, Diamantina River, Western Queensland single work   poetry   "The first flush of grey light, the herald of daylight"
Alternative title: Jack's Last Muster
  • Author: Barcroft Boake http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/boake-barcroft
Issue Details: First known date: 1890 1890
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Sydney Mail vol. 50 no. 1588 13 December 1890 Z659682 1890 newspaper issue 1890 pg. 1314
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    y Where the Dead Men Lie, and Other Poems Barcroft Boake , Alfred George Stephens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1897 Z866614 1897 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1897 pg. 4-8
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    y Old Ballads from the Bush Bill Scott (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1987 Z57118 1987 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1987 pg. 158-160
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    y Barcroft Henry Boake Hugh Capel , Wanniassa : Hugh Capel , 2002- Z947979 2002- website Features 21 full text poems, some biographical material and family photographs. Wanniassa : Hugh Capel , 2002-
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    y Where the Dead Men Lie : The Story of Barcroft Boake, Bush Poet of the Monaro : 1866-1892 Hugh Capel , Charnwood : Ginninderra Press , 2002 Z947998 2002 single work biography Includes sections on historical facts and locations, reprints of Boake letters and a selection of poems by Boake, pp. 184-228. Charnwood : Ginninderra Press , 2002 pg. 193-196
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    y Barcroft Boake: Collected Works, Edited, with a Life Barcroft Boake , W. F. Refshauge (editor), Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2007 Z1433606 2007 collected work poetry 'The 1890s produced an extraordinary outpouring of distinctively Australian writing. The most famous writers now are Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, but others were as well known in their day. Among the half-forgotten poets is Barcroft Boake, who as a young man from Sydney found a job up country, and fell in love with the bush way of life. From Western Queensland in summer to Adaminaby in winter, he lived that life, and it sustains his writing. His wrote about what he found: very real people, often people he knew, and their successes and disasters. But he was also a casualty of the hard times of the early 'nineties. In the grip of depression, aged just twenty-six, he killed himself. His best-known work is the ballad 'Where the Dead Men Lie', an Australian classic. He wrote many others as attractive but less well known. Here, they are all carefully edited, and the extensive notes include background on the events and characters in the poems.' (Publisher's blurb) Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2007 pg. 48-52; notes 249-250
  • Appears in:
    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Kathrine Bell (editor), Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 Z1472336 2007 anthology poetry Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 pg. 90-91
    Note: With title: Jack's Last Muster
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