Alf Wallace  c. 1916

 


W.A. POETS FROM THE PAST

 

His Book

"Cobbers of Mine  and other poems"

originally printed 1919,  reprinted by his family in the 1970s

 

The book contains the following poems and short stories

Beside the Serpentine 

Cobbers of Mine 

Maloney's Nugget 

The Echo of the Axes

The Diggers Quadrilles 

When a Million Soldiers Fall

Sweeney Done a Hand 

Halcyon Memories  

The Camp Fire Pest

The Old Time Track 

The Soldier From Belele 

Squaring Ten by Fives 

Sloper "Ginger" Riley 

The Mining Magnate 

Filing Out a Gap 

Around the White Horse Blow

The Bush Geologist  

Stinker's Boarding House 

The Meekatharra Hero 

A Christmas Toast  

Sir Harry Barron's Trip 

Polo Shadows 

"Knockerline" Baker V.C.

Stone Broke

Finale (Unnamed)

 

 

and the short Stories:

McGARRIGAL’S YARN ABOUT CYANIDE GROGEN

McGARRIGAL AND THE WAITRESS

McGARRIGAL ON ACCIDENTS

McGARRIGAL ON TIMBER THIEVES

McGARRIGAL AMONG THE JARRAHS

If anyone has any other  poems by The Axeman, I would love to have them to put on this page

 

 

Alf "The Axeman" Wallace

Born: 1876 Western Australia, 

Died:  Died: 15 Nov 1924 Wooroloo, Western Australia 

Biography:   A. E. 'Darkie' Wallace who wrote under the name, 'The Axeman', was an important 'Goldfields Bard'. Left an orphan at an early age after the deaths of his parents Laura (Armstrong) and Alexander Warren, his upbringing was supervised by his maternal grandparents who had a large family of their own.

His birth name was Christopher Alexander Graham Warren, but after moving to the goldfields he changed his name to Alfred Edward Wallace.

Before settling at Meekatharra, in Western Australia's Murchison District, Wallace worked in the timber industry from Serpentine to Collie and was a champion axeman, log chopper, sleeper cutter and shingle splitter.

Described as a tall man with black hair and a black moustache, he was also a cattle drover and shearer.

At Meekatharra he worked underground at the Kyarra gold mine where he contracted a lung disease that later claimed his life.

He also worked at the Belele pastoral station.

Selected poems and stories written by 'The Axeman' were published by the Telegraph Printing and Publishing Co. (Meekatharra) under the title, Cobbers of Mine and Other Poems, in 1919.


My thanks go to Helen Gray (nee Wallace) for the picture and for pointing me in the right direction to get this info.

 

 

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