Francis Kenna

(1865-1932 / Australia)

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William Francis Kenna (21 September 1865 – 23 June 1932),[1] known as Francis Kenna, 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... more »

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Banjo, Of The Overflow (Parody)

I had written him a letter which I had for want of better
Knowledge given to a partner by the name of Greenhide Jack -
He was shearing when I met him, and I thought perhaps I'd let him
Know that I was stiff, and, maybe, he would send a trifle back.

My request was not requited, for an answer came indited
On a sheet of scented paper, in an ink of fancy blue;
And the envelope, I fancy, had an 'Esquire' to the Clancy
And it simply read, 'I'm busy; but I'll see what I can do! '

To the vision land I can go, and I often think of 'Banjo' -
Of the boy I used to ...

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