Needle was the pseudonym of A Pain (I am not sure of his
actual name) , a journalist employed by
the Perth "Daily News" in the pre and early post Federation era
whose dfaily column "Points" was brief jottings of socio-political interest
This picture is "Points" as seen by the Sunday Times resident Artist,
Dick Hartley in 1903
Starting his career around 1896, he became one of the better known
journalists of his era
At this time I have not yet researched this paper, consequently none of
his poetry appears here yet.
Dryblower Murphy commented at times on his poetry, in fact in one of his
poems "The LSD Laureate" he made reference to the poems of "Needle" being
little other than dittys which, being part of advertisements had little or
no value to other than the advertise. however, as they were in
competition, this was part of the journalistic banter that was common
between competing papers of that era.