Barwon Ballads and School Verses
“Barwon Ballads and School Verses”
by James Lister Cuthbertson
Published 1912 for Geelong Grammar School by Melville & Mullen Pty Ltd Melbourne, London
Book block is 18.5 x 13 x 3.5 cm
Two copies available.
Note to the binder:
Due to their age both copies have slight foxing on their first pages.
Challenge 1. The paper is quite thick and the sections rather chunky.
Challenge 2. The grain direction of the paper runs incorrectly!
About the poet
James Lister Cuthbertson (1851-1910), poet-schoolmaster, was born on 8 May 1851 in Glasgow.
At the beginning of 1875, he became classical master at Geelong Church of England Grammar School, Victoria, under John Bracebridge Wilson. He held this post until December 1882, and resumed it in October 1885, but meanwhile returned to Oxford (B.A., 1885).
Cuthbertson’s lively concern with all aspects of school life, and special interest in rowing, were never abandoned. His magic lay in his harmony with boys, in his power to knit the Australian and British backgrounds, and clear the vision. He touched their imaginations with rhymes which, as Grammar School Verses, appeared in collected form in 1879.
A slim Barwon Ballads was published in 1893. By that time Cuthbertson moved easily between verse and poetry. But nearly all his writing was inspired by his experiences at Geelong, by cheerful down-river days or contacts around the school or in the classroom.
A memorial edition of his poems, Barwon Ballads and School Verses, edited by E. T. Williams, who held his classical mastership, was published by Geelong Grammar School in 1912.
Extracts from the Australian Dictionary of Biography
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