Works in the Herald 1931
THE GUM TREE
By the side of the track the gnarled old gum
Lifts strong arms to the sky;
He marks the rare bush toilers come,
And the tourists trooping by.
So has he stood thro' many a year
And watched them come and go;
They change, says he, who pass by here,
Yet forms are straight and eyes are clear,
As in the long ago.
From bullock drays to motor cars,
From gloom to lights that shame the stars,
Change comes indeed; from garb they wore,
From moleskin pants to the wide plus four,
From tall bush wives of sterling grit,
To laughing girls in riding kit;
An outward change, says the old gum tree,
But the race seems much the same to me.
By the side of the back the old gum stands,
Last of his giant race,
Who saw these men from distant lands
Change all a country's face.
From his mountain side where the old gum grows
He has watched the fathers press
Who came not back; but well he knows
Today's strong men are sons of those
Who tamed the wilderness.
Herald, 11 June 1931
Advertiser and Register, 22 August 1931, p5