The Last Days of Mary Watson single work   poetry   "When Ah Sam returned from"
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The Last Days of Mary Watson
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  • Author's note: Mary Watson, suspecting attack from mainland Aborigines who had landed on Lizard Island in 1881, took to the sea, along with her four month old baby, Ferrier, and a wounded Chinese workman. They floated in the cut-down water tank her absent husband had used for boiling sea-slugs at his beche-de-mere station. After several days, with no luck finding water after beaching at two islands, all three died of thirst.
  • An epic poem in four numbered parts

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    y Antipodes : Poetic Responses Margaret Bradstock (editor), Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 Z1760960 2011 anthology poetry extract Antipodes, representing poets born between 1790 and 1983, provides a wonderful introduction to the changing views of Australia and its history over the past two hundred years as well as to the excellent poetry that is part of our heritage. -- Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby (from the Foreword) Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 pg. 121-129
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