At Euroma single work   poetry   "They built his mound of the rough red ground,"
Alternative title: Charles Gray
  • Author: Henry Kendall
Issue Details: First known date: 1869 1869
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  • This poem refers to Charles Gray, a member of the 1860-1861 Burke and Wills expedition party, who died of dysentary at a now unknown location in South Australia, in April 1861. Whilst Kendall's poem romanticises Gray's death, at the time he had in fact fallen out with expedition leader Burke, who some weeks beforehand, had severely beaten him for stealing rations.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Leaves from Australian Forests Henry Kendall , Melbourne : George Robertson , 1869 Z241095 1869 selected work poetry Melbourne : George Robertson , 1869 pg. 28-29
  • Appears in:
    y The Australasian vol. 7 no. 175 7 August 1869 10045137 1869 newspaper issue 1869 pg. 167
  • Appears in:
    y The Freeman's Journal 27 January 1872 Z1782384 1872 newspaper issue 1872 pg. 9
  • Appears in:
    y The Freeman's Journal vol. 28 no. 1736 23 June 1877 Z1781525 1877 newspaper issue 1877 pg. 14
    Note: With title: 'Charles Gray'.
    With first line: 'They built his mound on the rough red ground,'
  • Appears in:
    y A Century of Australian Song Douglas Sladen (editor), London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 Z475202 1888 anthology poetry London : Walter Scott Publishers , 1888 pg. 266-267
  • Appears in:
    y Northern Affairs vol. 2 no. 1 6 May 1932 Z1663764 1932 periodical issue 1932 pg. 20
  • Appears in:
    y The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Thomas Thornton Reed (editor), Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 Z571473 1966 selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography. Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 pg. 76
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Kendall : Poetry, Prose and Selected Correspondence Henry Kendall , Michael Ackland (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 Z85494 1993 selected work prose poetry correspondence St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 pg. 23-24

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