Francis Kenna

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Francis Kenna
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Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Bowen
In office
11 March 1902 – 2 October 1909
Preceded byRobert Smith
Succeeded byMyles Ferricks
Personal details
Francis Kenna

(1865-09-21)21 September 1865
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Died23 June 1932(1932-06-23) (aged 66)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeLutwyche Cemetery
Political partyLabor (1902-1907)
Kidstonites (1907-1908)
Ind. Opposition (1908-1909)
Spouse(s)Edith Elvira Stamp
OccupationPoet, journalist

Francis Kenna (21 September 1865 – 23 June 1932),[1] was an Australian poet, journalist, and Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly in Queensland. He edited the "Brisbane Worker".

He published Banjo, of the Overflow, a parody of Banjo Paterson's Clancy of the Overflow in 1892, as part of the Bulletin Debate about the true nature of life in the Australian bush. Like many of his poems (including those later published in Phases), it was first published in the Sydney Bulletin.

In 1907 he married Edith Elvira Stamp; they had two sons, Herbert and Vernon.[2] Kenna died in 1932 and was buried in Lutwyche Cemetery.[3]


  • Songs of a season (1895, Melville, Mullen & Slade; Melbourne)
  • Phases (1915, Thos S Laidler, NSW)
  • Poems (no year)
  • Queensland authors and artists' Xmas magazine (no year; Watson Ferguson, Brisbane) edited by Francis Kenna and issued by the Queensland Authors and Artists Association.


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 24 June 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ Kenna Francis – Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  • Australian National Bibliographical Database (which has 8 entries for works by or about Kenna).

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Robert Smith
Member for Bowen
Succeeded by
Myles Ferricks