Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Republican Riot at Sydney Town Hall

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1887 'The Republican Riot' at Sydney Town Hall: Hundreds of republicans with forged tickets (arranged by republican activist and criminal, John Norton) crashed a Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee meeting called by the Mayor of Sydney, Alban Joseph Riley following the debacle of June 3 [qv].

The event was a significant in the milestone of Australia's national poet. Henry Lawson, then just a week shy of his 20th birthday, was fired up on reading the Sydney Morning Herald reports of the riot and sent to Sydney's prominent Bulletin magazine a poem under pseudonym 'Youth'. 'The Hymn of the Socialists' was published on June 18 and in the 'Correspondence' column of July 23 was a note "'H.A.L.' Will publish your 'Sons of the South'. You have in you good grit". The poem 'Sons of the South' is now known as 'Song of the Republic' ...

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