Louise Mack

(1874 - 1935 / Australia)

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LOUISE MACK was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1874 to an Irish couple, the Reverend Hans Mack and Jemima James, from Downpatrick and Armagh, respectively. Louise was the first-born daughter, the seventh of thirteen children. She was a classmate of ETHEL TURNER at Sydney Girls' High School and like Ethel, edited a school magazine. They were in fact rival editors, Louise editing the 'Gazette' while her more famous classmate edited the 'Iris'. After finishing school she spent a short time as a governess but her real talent rested in writing, contributing poems to the 'Bulletin' at a very early age before taking on the latter's column 'Sydney Women's Letter' using a pseudonym, 'Gouli-Gouli'. 'The... more »

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To Sydney

CITY, I never told you yet—
O little City, let me tell—
A secret woven of your wiles,
Dear City with the angel face,
And you will hear with frowning grace,
Or will you break in summer smiles?

This is the secret, little town,
Lying so lightly towards the sea;
City, my secret has no art,
Dear City with the golden door;
But oh, the whispers I would pour
Into your ears—into your heart!

You are my lover, little place,
Lying so sweetly all alone.
And yet I cannot, cannot tell ...

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