Works in the Herald 1931
After Strezlecki, settlers came,
   Back in the old hard years,
To play a lonely, losing game
'Gainst Gippsland mud and forest flame -
   Tough-hearted pioneers.
A scanty living here to seek,
   They fought a battle dire;
They blazed a trail to Brandy Creek
And travelled fifty miles a week
   On sledges thro' the mire.

They called their inn the "Robin Hood," A welcome refuge then, Last outpost of good cheer that stood, Most fitly, by the robber wood That filched the strength of men. And after, on the way they took By Warragul and Drouin, By Gunyah-Gunyah and Balook, Stood many a home by hill and brook Gone, like their hopes, to ruin.
But now who seeks, on pleasure bent, The road that tops the ridge Where once the struggling settlers went Shall find a land of sleek content By bank and sturdy bridge. And where the men knew the forest's wrath Around the Allambee, By Kurrajong and Mirboo North, The silver way goes winding forth To Yarram and the sea.

Herald, 15 December 1931, p6

This was number 3 in the Country Roads series.

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