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  • Louis Esson (1878-1943)

  • Louis Esson was born at Leith, Edinburgh, in 1878. After his father's death, his mother brought him to Melbourne where he grew up in the home of his aunts and uncles. Esson was educated at the Carlton Grammar School and attended Melbourne University where he majored in English without taking a degree.

    Esson's verse and sketches appeared in the Bulletin and the Lone Hand, but, disappointed with Australian culture, he left for London in 1904. Here he met the Irish playwrights J.

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  • The Plays

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      Australia Felix

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      The Battler

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      Shipwreck

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      The Time is Not Yet Ripe

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    Australia Felix

    1921 General Strike, Norway. (Norsk bokmål: Bildet er hentet fra Nasjonalbibliotekets bildesamling. Anmerkninger til bildet var: Påskrift arkivark: Storstreiken 1921. Kø udenfor Kristiania Meieribolags udsalg Oslo, Oslo) Courtesy of the National Library of Norway. Via Wikimedia Commons. Source


    The Battler

    S.T. Gill, 'English: Canvas Town' Yarra river, Melbourne en-route to the diggings, c.1852. From The Victorian Gold Fields 1852-3: An Original Album. Via Wikimedia Commons. Source


    Shipwreck

    The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Destruction of the schooner Gaspé in the waters of Rhode Island, 1772." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Source


    The Time is Not Yet Ripe

    Albert R. Peters, 'Photograph showing sheep near Parliament House, Canberra'1940s. Via Wikimedia Commons. Source

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