Apricots and Agitators
Inside the dusty brick kiln, Outside the pelting rain, Four young blokes wiping raindrops from their heads, We had rushed up from the river, Where our sleep had been curtailed, No more the river grasses for our head.Continue reading “Apricots and Agitators”
Ella Zuila – Heroine of the Highwire
Nobody knows her – but she was the most famous Australian public entertainer in the world in the last two decades of the 19th century.
Like her near contemporary and compatriot Nellie Melba, she assumed a continental-sounding stage name, but unlike the great diva we don’t know her real name. Continue reading “Ella Zuila – Heroine of the Highwire”