Grant Hervey

 


W.A. POETS FROM THE PAST

 

His Poems

A Molloy Melody

Io

Silk Cracker Days

The Brewer's Lorry Man (some words missing)

The Corruption of Angeldom

When a Man's Rubbed Out

When a Man Mends His Own Pants.

Have You Set Your Standards High

When Your Hat Blows Off

Steerage Going West
New July 15

The Hardest Road

 

His Books

Australians Yet, and other verses.

 

Grant Hervey

Born: November 30th 1880

Died: November 6th  1933

Biography:

HERVEY, GRANT (MADISON), versifier and swindler, was born George Henry Cochrane  at Casterton, Victoria, one of his grandfathers having come to Australia in chains.  As a youth he worked as a blacksmith with a local coachbuilder, then in a Melbourne foundry. He contributed thundering verse to the Bulletin and from about 1900 was a journalist in Sydney, Melbourne  and on the Western Australian goldfields .  A leading journalist of the time  wrote of him in 1904: 'He turned out poetry by the square yard with mechanical regularity'. In 1913 Hervey issued Australians Yet, and Other Verses, 'ballads of Manhood, Work, Good Cheer, Mateship, Masculine Vigour and Nationalism' .

He edited many newspapers and periodicals of his time, most of them of a more radical nature which suited his style of journalism

Throughout his life he was involved on many occasions in various swindles,  being convicted and jailed on several occasions.   On one occasion he also suffered the indignity of being tarred-and-feathered and run out of town 

At one trial he was involved in,  the judge, referred to Hervey's 'foul and filthy' journalism and branded his character as 'despicable'.

On 21 October 1918 at South Melbourne he had married a widow Annie Crowe, née Jeffreys. On 19 November 1920 in Sydney he married, probably bigamously, Florence Emily Lockwood. No children were recorded. 'Undoubtedly Hervey has a mental kink', the Australian Worker commented in 1923, 'and is more to be pitied than blamed'.

Whilst Hervey is not a West Australian, he did spend some time here, a few months of it working for the "Sunday Times"  alongside "Dryblower" Murphy.  Hervey's Sunday Times  column,  "Cuts and Carvings" was similar in style to Dryblower's "Verse and Worse"

The poetry on this website is that which he wrote or had published here or which was about things West Australian .

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