In the Political Conning Tower – 2nd column
The Column got another run on October 11, 1902. Here is the second column, obviously the column only gets a run when Federal Parliament is sitting. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/196581565?searchTerm=Member%20for%20Indi
In the Political Conning Tower….
Bert finds a new role at the Leader, sketching the first sittings of the new Federal Parliament. I have a strong feeling this also is written by Bert. The style, the wit are very much like the material generated in Bendigo the prior two years. The author’s name “Verges” I can’t explain nor the line…
Final 7 ‘Representative Men’ from the Leader Newspaper 1902
The final 7, with the last being the most interesting. This last Representative Man would have been an interesting sketch for Bert. YOu may recall Bert was an apprentice boot maker at his father’s factory in West Melbourne in the 1880s… probably age 13-14. Bert wrote of this time and seeing Mr Trenwith the Union…
The Railway Picnic at Ballarat.
See the full page on Trove https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/196578962/21367922 These sketches are so good they deserve enlargement. The captions for each also priceless.
Leader newspaper ‘Representative men’
The Leader was a weekly newspaper in Melbourne and came out on Saturday. It was a “companion weekly” to the daily newspaper The Age, and was edited by David Syme‘s brother George Syme. Its first issue was released in February 1855, under the title “The Weekly Age”. Like many other newspapers (The Bendigo Independent also) it disappeared at the end of the WW1.…
More ‘Representative Men’ by Bert
From the ‘Leader Newspaper’ 1901/02/03 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/196574471?searchTerm=representative%20men https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/197944423?searchTerm=representative%20men A line from Coppin’s profile – ‘His tendency was Conservative, if anything. For instance, he was opposed to payment of members, and always disbursed his £300 a year in charity, a display which, however, had something of a smack of the old “artful Dodger” of the puppet world…
Continuing Bert’s sketches in the Leader Newspaper 1902
Sir Thomas Bent was Minister of the Railways in the State of Victoria when Bert sketched him in late 1902. He went onto become the 22nd Premier of Victoria. He was so conservative he was kicked out of the Conservatives !! I have a sneaking suspicion that Bert wrote these political profiles as well as…
“Can a Souffle rise twice ?”
Been waiting for an opportunity to use this quote, however, upon doing some checking, this famous Peacock was not related to the colt from Kooyong! Bummer. https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/peacock-sir-alexander-james-7994 Here is how Bert’s sketch was used in Syme’s ‘The Leader’ paper on Dec 28 1901. Article highlights how he went from grocer’s boy in Clunes to wealthy…
Working for David Syme at the Age
Extract from Bert’s bio piece in the Lone Hand Theatre Magazine in February 1912. Sir George Jenkins, clerk to the first Legislative Assembly, wearing robes and wig. State Library of Victoria Collection. ‘People We Know’ series
Another politician by Bert.
David Syme (the age) had Bert sketch all the most prominent players of that era. (1902) Sir John Forrest, explorer and Politician. He was a big man !! In 1901, Forrest was invited to join Prime Minister Edmund Barton‘s inaugural federal cabinet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Forrest