Alfred Thomas Chandler

(1852-1941 / Victoria)

Biography of Alfred Thomas Chandler

Born in 1852 in Geelong Victoria.

Alfred Chandler was to began his journalistic career at the Hamilton Spectator. He moved to Adelaide in 1878 and was the co-founder of the Adelaide satirical weekly Quiz in 1892. In 1894, as the Western Australian gold rush began, he arrived in Coolgardie. He edited The Goldfield Courier, The Coolgardie Miner and later, The Sunday Times. He resigned from The Sunday Times in 1925 and became a prominent member of the Secession movement. Chandler was an active member of Perth's literary world.

He died in Perth in 1941.

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Lights Along the Mile

THE NIGHT descends in glory, and adown the purple west
The young moon, like a crescent skiff, upon some fairy quest,
Has dropped below the opal lights that linger low and far
To havens that are beaconed by the Pilot’s evening star;
And slowly, softly, from above the darkness is unfurled
A wondrous curtain loosened on the windows of the world.
Then suddenly, like magic, where smoke-stacks fumed the while,
Ten thousand lights flash out aflame along the Golden Mile.

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