Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Go along to see the poetical descendants of Banjo and Lawson
Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it: Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are.
Banjo Patterson - Clancy of the Overflow
Since time began men (and sometimes women) sat around the fire, built for warmth and to keep away the savage dark and what it might contain, and told stories. These passed into traditional oral history and with the advent of rhyme became poetry - Beowulf, and Gilgamesh, for example.
AB Patterson (as seen on a Australian $10 bank note)
Here in Australia with its 19th century of far flung stock farming, droving and exploration the art became refined and when The Bulletin was founded in 1880 aimed at fostering Australian culture and the bush as an ideal, the genre found an outlet.
Poets such as A B 'Banjo" Patterson and Henry Lawson wrote in a vigorous, uniquely colloquial style which became the standard of 'Australian Bush Poetry' that has lasted to this day.