Poetry on these pages are listed by the poet who wrote it. Over time,
it is hoped that more and more pages will be added, however any of you
who write web pages will know that this requires work over time when
the time can be afforded.
If you wish any of your own verse published here, please email me and
include 5 pieces of verse. This makes the pages worthwhile and I will
organise links back to your own pages if you have them. No problems in
advertising books, CDs etc either. Make sure you submit a bit of a story
about yourself together with a photo if possible with the verse so the
world can know a little about you.
The Poetry and Verse of:-
- Jack Drake
- Jack lives in Stanthorpe in Queensland. Probably best known around
the traps for his two very famous poems, "The Cattle Dog's Revenge" and "The
Cattle Dog's Return". Jack has been a major award winner in bush
poetry and has published a number of books and CD's.
- Kym Eitel
- Kym Eitel comes from Central Queensland and her love for country
living and horses shows through in her poetry. Some of her poems are
based on true events, while some are completely made up out of her
scatter-brained head. Serious, sad or silly – her variety of
poetry will keep you interested, intrigued or in tears.
- Graham Jenkin
- Graham is a bit of a legend in Bush Poetry and music circles. Two
of his best ballads are on the site her at his pages. Graham is also
well known for his involvement in the Australian music group, "The
- Vivienne Ledlie
- Vivienne lives in the Redlands Shire, Queensland, and is a long-time
member of the Redlands Poets Society. While bush poetry is her first
love, she also enjoys the challenge of writing different poetry formats,
e.g. sonnets, haiku, ovillejo etc.
- Kevin Magher
- Kevin is an ex shearer who comes from Geelong. His poetry reflects
a lifetime of shearing and travelling our great country
- Laurie Meintjes
- Laurie lives near Newcastle in NSW. He spent many years in Papua
New Guinea and apart from his poetry has written a book entitled "Pretzel
- Neil McArthur
- Neil is one of Australia's best known comic poets. He lives in Ballarat,
Victoria but travels widely as a regular performer. People generally
start laughing as soon as Neil walks on to a stage and are still going
long after he finishes. Best known perhaps for his great works "The
Gay Farmhand" and "Shopping Trolley Rage" among others.
- Wayne Pantall
- Wayne comes from the Great Southern Region of WA, and now lives in Victoria Park. "The Broomehill Billy" enjoys writing poetry on any topic for his regular ABC Radio breakfast spot. He is a member of the WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners, performs a wide variety of poetry, loves a good time, and a good laugh.
- Ric Raftis
- Ric is the webmaster for this site. He writes when he gets time which
is quite rare these days. A member of the Central Goldfields Bush Poets
and attendee of as many events as possible throughout Victoria
- Carol Reffold
- Carol is a well known and well travelled poette who hails from Sunbury
in Victoria. Carol is a great supporter of many events where you will
often find her either competing or judging.
- Dennis Scanlon
- Dennis spent all his working life in the stock industry and now in
his retirement has drawn on much of this experience to provide the
themes for many of his poems.
- Steve Smith
- Steve hails from Wedderburn in Victoria. Steve has a great wit and
has written some terrific verse. With his many interests, he doesn't
get the time for writing that he might like, but still finds time to
perform as a comedian locally with several characters he has developed
for the stage
- Val Wallace
- Val is a member of the Hunter Valley Bush Poets and has written some
very entertaining verse. Unfortunately, we don't know too much about
her but we are trying to find out a little more at the moment!
- Rod Williams
- Rod Williams is a remarkable man and could well be regarded as the
epiotome of the true Australian. He has been a farmer, a shearer, an
actor, stockman, timber and mill-worker and no doubt a myriad of other
things, all of which give him plenty of perspective of life in its
many roles to write and perform fantastic bush poetry
- Col Wilson aka "Blue the Shearer"
- Col Wilson or "Blue the Shearer" as he is sometimes better
known, has been around the traps for many years now. His verse and
wit are famous across the length and breadth of the country and many
people in audiences at poet’s breakfasts often request a poem
of his. A couple of his most requested poems are included on his pages.
- A. Nonymous
- Well it's hard to say if this person is modern or one of the old
masters of course, but he/she has written heaps of verse!!! If you
know the author of any of them, please let me know so I can attribute
the writing to the correct person.
The Old Masters
- Barcroft Henry Boake
- Perhaps little known, but a very beautiful and descriptive writer
who was highly regarded by Banjo Paterson. We have links on these pages
to more extensive coverage of his work.
- Adam Lindsay Gordon
- Adam Lindsay Gordon wrote some great poetry but died by his onw hand
as a result of recurrent depression. This is reflected in his poetry
at times. Most famous for "Gordon's Leap" at Mt Gambier in
South Australia where he performed a remarkable horse feat. He was
an exceptional horseman reputed to be able to "turn a horse on
a threepenny bit".
- Mary Hannay-Foott
- Best known for the beautiful piece of bush poetry "Where The
Pelican Builds Her Nest"
- Henry Lawson
- Henry Lawson is one of Australia's best known bush poets who wrote
around the same time as Banjo Paterson. Lawson was very much the champion
of the downtrodden and a lot of his work could well be regarded as
social comment. Great reading to gain a perspective on life in his
- Dorothea Mackellar
- Dorothea wrote the very famous poem "My Country". It used
to be a standard in schools and many Australians know and love this
work. Amazingly enough, many people think the poem starts with the
words of the second verse! Have a look and see if you knew the first
- John O'Brien or Father Patrick
- Two of his best known poems would be "Around The Boree Log" and "Said
Hanrahan", but there were many others and we have a few treasures
here for you to read.
- Will Ogilvie
- Will Ogilvie didn't spend a long time in Australia, but he has a
great way of describing this land. A remarkable poet in my opinion,
he has a magical turn of phrase and a great ability to weave subtle
messages beneath a good story.
- Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson
- Perhaps Australia's best known and loved bush poet. His work covered
an enormous range from comedy to social comment to bush stories amongst
others. Probably best known for his immortal classics "The Man
From Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow".
- Thomas E. Spencer
- Spencer was quite a good writer and has an interesting history. His
best known piece "How McDougall Topped The Score" is published
Our currently featured poet is:-
Wayne is the latest poet to have his work on the site. Read his poetry and book him for a performance! Click on his photo for access to his pages.