Jerilderie

Issue sevenIssue Seven Poetry

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By Nathanael O’Reilly

 

Eat a counter lunch of lamb shanks,
salad and chips at the Royal Mail Hotel
in the room where the Kelly Gang held
hostages. Wash it down with Kosciusko.
Examine the safe the Kelly’s robbed.
Study the Kelly memorabilia on the walls
while the cook crashes about in the kitchen
shouting bugger it!            Visit the offices
of the Jerilderie and Urana Gazette, the Bank
of New South Wales, the Traveller’s Rest,
the Telegraph Office, the blacksmith’s,
and Sir John Monash’s childhood home.
Stop at the bakery. Buy a latte, a vanilla slice
and a poster-sized copy of the Jerilderie Letter.