Sydney Elliott Napier
Biography of Sydney Elliott Napier
Sydney Napier Elliott was an Australian writer and poet
Napier was born in Sydney, New South Wales and educated at Newington College and Sydney University.
He began his working life as a bank clerk with the AJS Bank in Burwood, New South Wales. From 1893 he was a jackeroo in Manilla, New South Wales, until he was articled to a solicitor in Tamworth in 1894. After 1899 he worked as a solicitor in Sydney.
During World War I, Napier served with the 41st Battalion of the AIF as a sergeant.
In 1925, Napier joined the Sydney Morning Herald. He subsequently became assistant editor of The Sydney Mail and leader-writer of the Sydney Morning Herald where in 1931 he compiled, with P S Allen, A Century of Journalism: The Sydney Morning Herald and Its Record of Australian Life 1831-1931. He contributed prose and verse to numerous English and Australian journals and newspapers, and published a collection of essays, The Magic Carpet in 1932.
Sydney Elliott Napier's Works:
Underneath the bough [Sydney: Penfold, 1937]
The book of the Anzac memorial, New South Wales [Sydney, 1934]
On the Barrier Reef: Notes from a no-ologist's pocket-book [Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1928]
Walks abroad: Two Australians in the wilds of England, Scotland and Ireland [Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933]
The Sydney Repertory Theatre : its history and significance; a criticism [Sydney : Sydney Repertory Theatre Society, 1927]
Potted biographies [Sydney : Dymocks Book Arcade, 1930]
Great lovers [Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1934]
The genesis and growth of solicitors' associations in New South Wales:
Together with a brief history of the Incorporated Law Institute of New South Wales [Sydney: Law Book Co., 1937]
The magic carpet and other essays and adventures [Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1932]
Walks abroad: Being the record of the experiences of two Australians in the wilds of the United Kingdom [Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1929]
Men and cities: Being the journeyings of a journalist [Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1938]
Underneath the bough : a book of verses / by S. Elliott Napier
On the Barrier Reef : a story of Australia's coral wonderland [Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1932]
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Sydney Elliott Napier Poems
JUST as of yore the friendly rain Patters its old and frank refrain; Just as of yore the world swings by The little window where I lie
IMPLACABLE as are thy arctic floes; Grim and gigantic as thy mountain height; Girt with thy pines for spindles and the light Of pale auroras for thy stars; to those
OH, golden-lilied Queen—immortal France! Thou heritress of storied name and deed, As thou hast pluck’d, so oft, from cumb’ring weed The fragrant flow’rs of Freedom and Romance,
All Men Are Free
‘ALL men are free and equal born Before the Law!’ So runs the worn And specious, lying, parrot-cry. All men are free—to starve or sigh;
IMPLACABLE as are thy arctic floes;
Grim and gigantic as thy mountain height;
Girt with thy pines for spindles and the light
Of pale auroras for thy stars; to those
Who know thee not thou seem’st as one who goes
Unvex’d by Wrong, nor swerves to help the Right,
A grey Lachesis of the Northern night,
Stark as thy steppes and colder than thy snows.