Source: the Australian Worker, 12 October, 1916, p. 9
y The Blood Vote single work   poetry   war literature   "'Why is your face so white, Mother?"
Issue Details: First known date: 1916... 1916 The Blood Vote
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  • This poem and accompanying illustration were widely distributed as a pamphlet at the time of the 1916 Conscription referendum.
  • In 1940, journalist and author R. J. Cassidy ('Gilrooney') indicated to Brisbane bibliophile, Fr. Leo Hayes, that this work had in fact been written by the Sydney journalist E. J. Dempsey. However, whether Cassidy's claim was in fact correct remains unclear. The work was clearly attributed to Winspear when it was first published in the Australian Worker in 1916, where it appeared with Claude Marquet's illustration.

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  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Worker 12 October 1916 6748242 1916 newspaper issue 1916 pg. 9
  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 60 no. 3118 15 November 1939 Z653760 1939 periodical issue 1939 pg. 8
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 115
  • Appears in:
    y Kunapipi vol. 18 no. 2-3 [Double Issue] Anna Rutherford (editor), James Wieland (editor), Hebden Bridge : Dangaroo Press , 1996 Z601441 1996 periodical issue War : Australia's Creative Response Hebden Bridge : Dangaroo Press , 1996 pg. 90
    • [n.d.] .
      Extent: 1 leafp.
      Description: illus.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • 'Verse written by W.R. Winspear, with cartoon illustration drawn by Claude Marquet. Real author is said to be E.J. Dempsey; information from R.J. Cassidy to Father Hayes, 1940, in Hayes collection' -- QU library catalogue description


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hayes Collection
      Local Id: F613
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