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2013 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Waiting by Catherine Lee (First Prize)

A Feather in a Locket by Robyn Sykes (Second Prize)

A Victim of War by Tom McIlveen (Third Prize)

A Little Silver Locket by Allan Goode (Highly Commended)

Aussies by Bessie Jennings (Highly Commended)

The rigger on the building site was passing ’round the hat
collecting for a sick mate’s wife and kids.
When Bill the brickie shook his head, old Harry swore and spat
and blazed at him: “Old Johnno’s on the skids!

‘Pay up, you bastard, don’t cry poor! Some day it could be you.
When males are crook, you’ve got to lend a hand.
You call yourself an Aussie?! There are things you ought to do
so you’ll deserve to live in this great land.”

Now, Harry’s dad came here from Greece in 1949
and laboured in the steelworks for a while
and Pete the chippie came from Holland, settled in just fine
and Pat migrated from the Emerald Isle.

Old Sven the Swede and Tom the Yank are Aussie as you please
like Frog the Frenchman, daddy of the team.
And Joe? He’s three parts Islander and one part Japanese,
a racial mix that works just like a dream.

They’ve been through hard and easy times; they’ve helped each other through.
They all pitched in when fire destroyed a town.
When floods came down in Queensland, then, they all knew what to do:
you just can’t let your fellow Aussies down.

Young Bill reached in his pocket, put his skinny wallet down
and placed it in old Harry’s calloused hand.
‘Here help yourself’. Then Harry, with apologetic frown,
just felt it – and began to understand.

He noticed it was thin and light, ‘Forget it, mate” he said.
‘I reckon you’ve got problems of your own. “
The old man gave the wallet back and shook Bill’s hand instead,
remembering some things he should have known.

Young Bill’s part Aboriginal, and partly convict bred –
by birth, about as Aussie as can be.
But some blokes who are here by choice, I’ve often heard it said
are just as ‘Aussie’ now as Bill or me.

They’re just as variegated as the weird assorted crew
that stood with Peter Lalor long ago,
united in a common cause from which our nation grew –
historic time that all proud Aussies know.

The stockade at Eureka brought those miners grim defeat
but something really great that day was won.
Those immigrants from many lands knew liberty was sweet;
that’s when a new tradition was begun.

We call it solidarity, or standing by a mate –
no matter if he’s Pommie, Dutch or Greek.
He may speak funny lingo, but a man who pulls his weight
knows ‘mateship’ is the common tongue we speak.

Well, Harry took his wallet, said ‘I’ll put some extra in.
I’ll throw in ten for me, and ten for you.”
Bill nodded, ‘Pay you back next pay,” and with a sheepish grin
old Harry said “Son, any time ‘ll do.”

The Jumbuck Drama Club by Shelley Hansen (Highly Commended)

Said You Could Fly by Arthur Green (Highly Commended)

Two Wars by Yvonne Harper (Highly Commended)

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years