humour at the dining table – 1887

Australian Town and Country Journal – 22 October 1887

no 'show' cartoon 1887

from mangolds to whisky – Nant Estate

Via The Mercury (Hobart) – 6 August 1889, a story of a large mangold (root vegetable) which had apparently taken the form of a human hand.  The mangold photo here is from an English website dedicated to the fine sport of mangold hurling.  Keep your tongue firmly in your cheek as you read!

mangold - Nant distillery

mangoldThe Nant Estate (where the disfigured mangold was discovered) is now home to the Nant Distilleryhome of the only commercially operating water-powered flour mill in Australia.  This now heritage site, an hour north of Hobart, produces single malt whisky.

Probably not a mangold in sight these days!

C J Dennis – sometime illustrator

Somehow or other (and I know not why) I keep finding references (see here and here) to C J Dennis, Australian poet, journalist, columnist and now, I discover, author of children’s stories and a bit of an illustrator.

Here’s a photograph of him from The State Library of Victoria (out of copyright) taken c 1893.

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I came across these drawing by Dennis through Trove from The State Library of Victoria’s collection.  Again, all out of copyright so happily shared here.

The first one is a simple pencil drawing from “A Book for Kids” one of several children’s books Dennis wrote.  It’s called Going to School.  You’ll find the illustrations as they appeared in the book (via Project Gutenberg) below with the poem itself.

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Going to school

text - Going to School - C J Dennis

home from school

These coloured drawings (links here and here) were gifts from Mrs Greitje Croll to the Library. Both drawings were gifts from Dennis to Mrs Croll’s father-in-law, Robert Henderson Croll.

C J Dennis - My dog (after rabbits)

My dog (after rabbits) – C J Dennis

Just dossin - C J Dennis

Just dossin – C J Dennis


The Project Gutenberg has a copy of “The Glugs of Gosh” (1917) in its free e-book collection.  The illustrations for that book were rendered by Hal Gye.  On 16 June 1923, The Mail (Adelaide) published an article by C J Dennis praising the talents of Gye as an artist.

The Glugs of Gosh - book coverGlugs of Gosh - front cover Old Gosh Rhyme

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Project Gutenberg's A Book for Kids, by C. J. (Clarence Michael James) Dennis
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a hint to all bores

From the Queensland Figaro and Punch – 20 July 1889.  Guess you can say, like the old cane chair joke, that table certainly left an impression on him. The link to Trove will provide a clearer image.
Figaro cartoon