John Shaw Neilson (22 February 1872 – 12 May 1942 / Penola, South Australia)
John Shaw Neilson, was an Australian poet. Slightlybuilt, for most of his life, John Shaw Neilson worked as a labourer, fruit-picking, clearing scrub, navvying and working in quarries, and, after 1928, working as a messenger with the Country Roads Board in Melbourne. Largely untrained and only basically educated, Neilson became known as one of Australia's finest lyric poets, who wrote a great deal about the natural world, and the beauty in it.
Neilson was born in Penola, South Australia of purely Scottish ancestry. His grandparents were John Neilson and Jessie MacFarlane of Cupar, Neil Mackinnon of Skye, and Margaret Stuart of Greenock. His mother, ... more »
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- A Protest and a Protest
- Beauty Imposes
- In the Dim Counties
- Love's Coming
- Native Companions Dancing
- O Heart of Spring
- Old Granny Sullivan
- Schoolgirls Hastening
- Song be Delicate
- Song for a Singer
- Tell Summer That I Died
- The Break of Day
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