The Man from Ironbark
It was first published in The Bulletin on 17 December 1892. The poem relates the experiences of a native man from the Bush, who reacts badly to a practical joke sprung on him by a mischievous barber from Sydney. While making his displeasure known,
"A peeler man who heard the din came in to see the show;
He tried to run the bushman in, but he refused to go."
The barber confesses that he was playing a joke, and the bushman, unconvinced, returns to Ironbark, where, due to his accounts of his Sydney experiences, "flowing beards are all the go".
In 2004, a representative of The Wilderness Society posed as "The Ghost of the Man from Ironbark", a reference to the poem, to campaign for the protection of the remaining Ironbark woodlands in New South Wales and Queensland.
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- "The Man from Ironbark" – full text of the poem
- "The Man from Ironbark" – full text of the poem, with a glossary of terms
- "The Man from Ironbark" – full text of the book "The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses" (including the poem "The Man from Ironbark") on Project Gutenberg Australia
- "Stuart Town - Culture and History". Traveller. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- Ghost of 'Man from Ironbark' returns to haunt NSW Parliament House, The Wilderness Society Australia Incorporated, 1 March 2004
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