Robert Burns in Colonial Queensland

Sentiment, Scottishness and Universal Appeal

Authors

  • Patrick Buckridge Griffith University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1017/S1321816600004967

Keywords:

Robert Burns (1759–96), anniversary celebrations, 'Year of Homecoming'

Abstract

Worldwide, 25 January 2009 was celebrated as the 250th birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–96). The anniversary celebrations will continue all through this year, however, as the Scottish Parliament has proclaimed – in recognition of Burns' powerfully unifying significance – that 2009 will be a ‘Year of Homecoming’ for all those Scots, or Scottish descendants, who compose the great intellectual, economic and social diaspora that has emanated from this tiny, harsh and indomitable country over the last 300 years.

Author Biography

Patrick Buckridge, Griffith University

Patrick Buckridge lectures in literature in the School of Humanities at Griffith University. He has published widely on Australian literature and reading, and is the author of a biography of Brian Penton (1994) and co-editor, with Belinda McKay, of By the Book, a literary history of Queensland (2007).

References

Boland, T.P., James Duhig (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1986), 230–35.

John, Mackenzie-Smith, Moreton Bay Scots 1841–59 (Brisbane: Church Archivists’ Press, 2000), 1–43.

Hornibrook, J.H., Bibliography of Queensland Verse, with Biographical Notes (Brisbane: A.H. Tucker, Gov't Printer, 1953).

Buckridge, P. McKay, B., eds, By the Book: A History of Queensland (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2006), pp. 37–38, 193–94.

Buckridge and McKay, By the Book, 17, 144. See also Cecil Hadgraft, Queensland and Its Writers (Brisbane: Queensland University Press, 1959), 2–4; and H.A. Kellow, The Queensland Poets (London: Harrap, 1930), 18–24, 32–35. (Kellow was unaware of the true identity of ‘Ralph Delany,’ a fact later uncovered by Hadgraft.)

Hadgraft, Cecil, James Brunton Stephens (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1969), 105–19.

Hornibrook, Bibliography of Queensland Verse, 71.

Delany, Ralph [Christie, T.B.], Poems and Songs (Brisbane: A. Cleghorn, 1869), 7, 51, et al.

The Poetical Works of William Burns of Maryborough, Queensland (Maryborough: W.S. Lambert, 1885), Dedication.

Spencer-Browne, R., A Journalist's Memories (Brisbane: Read, 1927).

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Day, Leanne, ‘Civilising the City: Literary Societies and Clubs in Brisbane during the 1880s and 1890s’, PhD thesis, Griffith University, Brisbane (2004), 101–26.

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Main, William, Bush Solitudes and Other Verses (Melbourne: George Robertson, 1896), 76.

‘Mary, Highland’ was the name Burns gave to Mary Campbell (1763–86), with whom he had a relationship after separating from his wife-to-be Jean Armour. The relationship was terminated by her sudden death following a fever, and she is the subject of several of his love lyrics, notably ‘The Highland Lassie, O’.

Delany [Christie], Poems and Songs, 45.

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Evans, Raymond, The Red Flag Riots: A Study of Intolerance (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1988), 45–47.

For a full account of the Johnsonian Club in this period, see Leanne Day, 2003, ‘“;Those Ungodly Pressmen”: A Study of the Early Years of the Brisbane Johnsonian Club’, Australian Literary Studies 21.1 (2003): 92–102.

Pearl, Cyril, Bawdy Burns: The Christian Rebel (London: Frederick Muller, 1958).

Published

2009-01-01

How to Cite

Buckridge, P. (2009). Robert Burns in Colonial Queensland: Sentiment, Scottishness and Universal Appeal. Queensland Review, 16(1), 69–78. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1321816600004967

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