y Leichhardt Pantomime single work   poetry   "'Press that red button to the left: they can talk, you know,'"
Issue Details: First known date: 1947 1947
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  • The first and last sections of 'Leichhardt Pantomime' were removed after the poem's publication in the Bulletin in 1947; they are re-instated in the 1991 selection Cap and Bells. The poem's title was also changed to 'Leichhardt in Theatre'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Serialised by: The Bulletin 1880 periodical (6777 issues)
      1947 .
      • Published in three parts in the Bulletin; 3 December, 1947, p.6; 10 December, 1947, p.7; 17 December, 1947, p.21.
Alternative title: Leichhardt in Theatre
First line of verse: "The orchestra tuning up. Time for handshaking, review,"
Abridged version; the original second section, now the opening section, is titled 'Advertisement' rather than 'Prologue'.
  • Appears in:
    y Leichhardt in Theatre Francis Webb , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 Z550908 1952 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 pg. 1-14
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Francis Webb , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z551447 1969 selected work poetry radio play drama Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 pg. 35-45
    Note: Author note: 'Ludwig Leichhardt, born in Prussia, became an Australian explorer and botanist. In 1844-5 he succeeded in crossing the continent from south to north. In 1846 he attempted to cross from east to west, but this expedition was a complete failure. Two years later, whilst attempting another trans-continental journey, he disappeared' (p.249).
Last amended 16 Mar 2010