This page is about the research that West Australian Performing Poet
Brian Langley    aka   "The City Poet"
is doing into the poetry of early West Australian Rhyming Poets, in particular,
Edwin Greenslade (Dryblower) Murphy  1866-1939



In 2010 I set out on a "quest" to rediscover the works of many West Australian  rhyming poets
of a past era.  This work is a continuing effort.


Spasmodically, over the past years, I gather poems by Western Australian poets, and those from other places who visited the West and wrote while they were here.  I mostly use the National Library of Australia's "Trove" website to look at pages from newspapers and magazines of a past era.  Some of the results of my research, I have published electronically on the pages of the website of the WA Bush Poets & Yarn Spinners Assoc (Of which I was president for 4 years), and on these pages, However some of it I have published (or intend to publish) privately in softcover print form.  This is due to the fact that the research needed to put the various poems into their historic setting is quite extensive, has taken me many thousands of hours staring into a computer screen, and the maket for this material is very limited  and also that there are considerable expenses involved in publishing this material which, being a pensioner, I can ill afford.   Consequently  The resulting products have a cost attached to them.  With the very limited audience, I do not expect to make a fortune from my efforts  I certainly don't think I will ever reach the status of "best seller".

I am attempting to raise finances to enable me to have soft cover books printed.  If you are feeling philanthropic, please contact me I would love to hear from you

Where am I at the moment?  

So far I have researched primarily just one newspaper of an earlier time,  the Perth based "Sunday Times" and its predecessor "The West Australian Sunday Times"  I have read every one of these papers from its inception in 1898 through to mid 1906 and from this have extracted about 1300 poems, the vast majority being by their resident poet "Dryblower" Murphy.  I have included some of Murphy's work and All of the others on these pages as well as on the WA Bush Poets Website. 

I have compiled two books ready for printing.   

The first one "Pictorial Posters" Is an A5,  386   page book containing 347 short illustrated poems about various West Australian (mainly Perth) personalities, ranging from the very highest (The Governor) down to a lowly shop doorman.  Some of the poems (almost all in 3 verse Limerick style) are quite complimentary about their subject while other are far from it.  Dryblower was a very political poet, much of his work relating to current social and political issues.

The poems in the book are almost all illustrated, the cartoonist being the (at the time) resident cartoonist of the "Times", namely Fred Roofy for some of the earlier poems and Richard (Dick) Hartley for the vast majority.  I have, where possible included some pertinent notes with each poem, mainly on who the subject of the poem was, but also, in some cases on what it was about them that bought them to Dryblower's attention. 

It is also available as a PDF e-book




The Cover


A Typical Page

typical page

The Cost and how to get it

Paperback Version   Not Yet Available
ISBN   978-0-9804546-7-3
 Cost will be around $45 AU

Electronic Version (PDF)  19 MB
ISBN     978-0-9804546-8-0   
Available as a CD or a Download

Base Cost (download)  $15 #
CD P & P  $5
USB Stick  P&P  $10

You can download a PDF sample here

# There is a $5 reduction for genuine researchers

e-mail for orders or enquiries

The second book  is called "The Sunday Times Verses of Edwin Greenslade (Dryblower) Murphy, Vol. 1  Jarrah Jack to Hector C"

It is B5 size and has almost 1000 pages.  It contains around 750 poems plus a whole lot of short (mostly single verse) ditties that I have called "Snippets"

The sub title reflects the Western Australian Premiers that were in Office during the era of the book,  "Jarrah Jack" being Lord John Forrest (premier 1890 - 1901) and Hector Cornthwaite Rason (premier for a short time 1905 - 1906)

Poems in the book are grouped into broad topics, and are approximately chronological  within each topic.  Topics include  Socio-Political Comment and Current Events (by far the two largest sections), Booze and Boozers,  Sport, Religion and Philosophy,  The Theatre   etc  etc.

This book is also currently available as an e-book,  and  can be supplied either in PDF format or in HTML as a virtual website.   

The Cost and how to get it

Paperback Version   Not Yet Available
ISBN   978-0-9945222-0-7
 Cost will be around $75 AU

Electronic Version (PDF)  19 MB

ISBN     978-0-9945222-1-4  
Available as a CD or a Download

Base Cost (Download)  $25 #
CD P & P  $5
USB Stick P&P  $10

# There is a $5 reduction for genuine researchers

e-mail for orders or enquiries

front cover

A CD containing Both e-Books is available at $40  posted to addresses in Australia,  Overseas buyers will incur extra for the postage. ( I will need to check the postage to each country)

Alternatively, both e-book are available on a USB memory stick for an additional cost of $5

There will be (hopefully) other books in the series which will contain his later poems (I have started working on the next one which commences where this one finished )

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