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  • Author: Thos. E. Spencer http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/spencer-thomas-a
Issue Details: First known date: 1898... 1898 How M'Dougal Topped the Score
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form y How McDougall Topped the Score V. Upton Brown , ( dir. V. Upton Brown ) Australia : Pacific Screen Plays , 1924 7596445 1924 single work film/TV

A film based on Thomas Spencer's burlesque poem, showing a game of bush cricket, 'the redoubtable bush elevens from Molongo and Piper's Flat, and [...] how old McDougall and his wonderful dog "Pincher" gained the day.'


'How McDougall Topped the Score', The Advertiser, 5 November 1924, p.18 (via Trove Australia).

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Minor title variations appear in some texts. Variations in spelling of "M'Dougal" in title are as follows: M'Dougall, McDougall, McDougal
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    y The Bulletin vol. 19 no. 943 12 March 1898 Z599135 1898 periodical issue 1898 pg. 31
    • Sydney,: s.n. , 1900 .
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    y The Bulletin Reciter : A Collection of Verses for Recitation from the Bulletin, 1880-1901 Alfred George Stephens (editor), Sydney : Bulletin , 1901 Z398207 1901 anthology poetry humour Sydney : N.S.W. Bookstall Company , 1933 pg. 51-56
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    y Favourite Australian Poems Ian Mudie (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1963 Z337064 1963 anthology poetry humour Adelaide : Rigby , 1963 pg. 169-171
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    y From the Ballads to Brennan T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z407973 1964 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 89-92
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    y Complete Book of Australian Folk Lore Bill Scott , Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 Z206758 1976 anthology poetry short story prose Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 pg. 309-311
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    y The Bulletin vol. 101 no. 5196 29 January 1980 Z590843 1980 periodical issue 1980 pg. 272-273
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Humorous Verse Bill Scott , Ringwood : Penguin , 1984 Z408517 1984 anthology poetry humour Ringwood : Penguin , 1984 pg. 202-205
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 33-35
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    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 427-429
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    y The Bulletin vol. 108 no. 5499 24-31 December 1985 Z588275 1985 periodical issue 1985 pg. 128-129
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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. 197-199
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    y The Bushwackers Australian Song Book Jan Wositzky (editor), Dobe Newton (editor), South Yarra : 1988 Z240373 1988 anthology poetry short story extract humour South Yarra : 1988 pg. 103-104
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    y A Collection of Australian Bush Verse Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 Z91384 1989 anthology poetry Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 pg. 61
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 33-35
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    y A Return to Poetry 2000 Michael Duffy (editor), Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2000 Z668260 2000 anthology poetry Ten Australian poetry-lovers, Peter Coleman, Rosemary Dobson, Peter Goldsworthy, Jamie Grant, Marion Halligan, Ashely Hay, David Malouf, Richard Tognetti, Robyn Williams and Salvatore Zofrea, present their favourite poems. Each selector was asked to choose ten of their favourite poems, with the condition that half the poems be written by Australians. Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2000 pg. 125-128
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    y How M'Dougall Topped the Score and Other Verses and Sketches Thos. E. Spencer , Sydney : N.S.W. Bookstall Company , 1906 Z292314 1906 selected work poetry short story humour Sydney : University of Sydney Library, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service , 2001
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    y 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know Jamie Grant (editor), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 Z1545298 2008 anthology poetry Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 pg. 35-37
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    y 60 Classic Australian Poems for Children Chris Cheng (editor), Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1656747 2009 anthology poetry children's

    'The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!

    'No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 58-60
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    y The Best Australian Yarns : And Other True Stories Jim Haynes , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6695586 2013 selected work prose

    'Best Australian Yarns is a substantial and definitive collection of factual and fanciful Aussie stories, humour and anecdotes–the result of decades of researching popular Aussie culture and history and yarning to mates and other colourful characters from all parts of Australia and all walks of life.

    'This collection includes tall stories from the bush, reminiscences from the racetrack and shearing shed, railway yarns, stories from the world of show business, Aboriginal legends and humour, digger yarns from both world wars, ghost stories, monsters, bunyips and yowies... and many things you never knew about our amazing history and the characters who made it–the pioneers, heroes, convicts, bushrangers, eccentrics and brave and forgotten men and women whose fascinating lives and achievements created the Aussie spirit that we all love.

    'While the stories range from poignant to hilarious, many simply describe unusual coincidences, strange occurrences or simple everyday humorous events with a refreshing understatement that vividly evokes a vanishing Australia where looking for a good laugh was a key component of a cheekier national character and a simpler lifestyle.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013
    pg. 263

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