John K Ewers

 


W.A. POETS FROM THE PAST

His Poems

Boy and Silver

Years be tender

The Red Road

To Gums Growing Abroard 

 

His Books
Money Street (Novel)

John Keith Ewers

Born: June 13 1904

Died: 1978

Biography:

John K Ewers is not strictly speaking a "Bush Poet" for his poetry  is a mixture of styles, only some of them having what is now considered to be good and consistent rhyme and rhythm, however he was an author of considerable note here in Western Australia

John was born at Subiaco, an inner suburb of Perth, he was the second son of Victorian-born parents Ernest Ewers, orchardist, and his wife Annie Eliza, née Gray.

After his mother died when he was 6, he lived with an aunt and uncle in Subiaco until his father found stable employment as a wharf labourer and remarried. In 1914 the family moved to Carlisle. Educated at James Street Intermediate and Perth Modern schools, in 1923 Ewers served as a monitor at the Thomas Street primary school, Subiaco, before attending Claremont Teachers' College

After graduating he was sent to the country as a teacher, later returning to Perth

During his early years he became a prolific writer of short stories, poems, sketches and articles.  By the age of 25, he had some 75 item published. 

The Australian Journal published (1924) his first short story, under the nom-de-plume, 'J. K. Waterjugs'.In 1933 his first international novel, "Money Street" was launched

He went on to publish four more full length novels, a short story collection and two books of poetry as well as writing 'travelogues", radio plays and local and school history texts.

Many of his poems were published in the Perth Weekly magazine, the  Western Mail

He is considered by some to be West Australia's first locally born, reared and educated author of note to gain Australia wide recognition

 

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