The March of the 'Life Brigade' : After Tennyson and after the Fenians single work   poetry   satire   "Up the street, up the street;"
Issue Details: First known date: 1868... 1868 The March of the 'Life Brigade' : After Tennyson and after the Fenians
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A satirical attack on New South Wales politician Henry Parkes (the recently deposed Colonial Secretary), who had maintained that the attempted assassination of Prince Alfred was the work of Fenians. At the time of the poem's composition, Parkes was one of the leading proponents of the belief that a Fenian conspiracy was alive within the Australian colonies.


  • Epigraphs:

    'Five hundred persons were sworn in as special constables, as a guard, appointed to ride in line with the body of the Duke, when he first landed on these shores.' – Mr. Parkes at Kiama. – Herald's Telegram.

    'They were the New South Wales Life Guards.' – Evening News

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  • Appears in:
    y The Empire no. 5271 13 October 1868 Z1828413 1868 newspaper issue 1868 pg. 3
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