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Anthologies that contain R.A.F’s Poems

  • The Bulletin Reciter, Sydney N.S.W, The Bookstall Co. 1901
  • Stories of Australian Horses, South Yarra, Vic., Currey O’Neil Ross P/L 1965 (Elyne Mitchell)
  • Freedom on the Wallaby, Sydney, N.S.W., Pinchgut Press 1953 (Marjorie Pizer)
  • The Penguin Book of Australian Humorous Verse, Ringwood, Vic., 1984 (Bill Scott)
  • Australian Bush Ballads,Sydney, N.S.W., Angus & Robertson 1955 (Douglas Stewart & Nancy Keesing)

I have purchased all of these books through rare book companies in Australia, most are in very good condition.  There are several reprints of “The Bulletin Reciter” and “Australian Bush Ballads” . The first edition of Australian Bush Ballads has only the pseudonym R.A.F as the author of his poems, but the second edition has his name, Robert Alexander Fairly. All of the reprints after the second edition that I have come across (which is not all of course), have reverted to the pseudonym R.A.F again.



Robert & Jessie' s House at Norton Gold Field C1890

The painting in the banner is the work of Walter Keeble Hounsham, who was Robert’s best friend.  Walter was the teacher at  Norton School, (Norton Gold Field), where Robert was making bricks for the furnaces and chimneys. The painting is of Robert’s house, also made with his bricks, and Jessie his wife, doing something (perhaps washing) at the side of the house.


R.A.F. 1853 -1899

Welcome to my blog about the poetry of Robert Alexander Fairly. 

Robert wrote poetry in the same era as well known Australian poets Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson and, like them,  had many poems published in the Sydney “Bulletin”.  He died young (aged 46 years) and in my opinion never reached his potential. 

He was a pioneer of our literature, and I feel that he should be recognized as such, so have gathered together as much of his poetry as I could find and published an anthology titled: Boundary Rider, Brickmaker & Bard, The life and works of Robert Alexander Fairly.