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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Golden Reign by Kelly Millar (First Prize)

Tell Me Wellies by Marie McMillan (Second Prize)

Fernvale Road Ghosts by Vanessa Page (Third Prize)

Muvvers Instruchins f'r Washin' by Ingrid Mason (Highly Commended)

Yeh can’t ‘ave The ‘Ope an’ Worry Uv Yer Lives
Kerploshin about
on Mundys
when yer washin’.
Dinkum.

Best t’ lock ‘er in ‘er crib
an’ if she turns on the water-works
wallop ‘er proper
cause it’s good fer ‘er lungs.
an’ she’ll sleep betta,
an’ you’ll gechya work done.

Gather up yer woodchips an’ yer logs.
If Hubby’s feelin’ poorly from the the shell shock,
Be Grateful yeh Anzac’s home an’ ‘es still breathin’, an’ yeh got water in the tank.

Fill the coppa,
Light up the splinters.

Put out the scrubbin’ board, an’ two tubs, well clear o’ the smoke,
The tank’s a bonza shelter if a soueaster’s blowin.
But keep watchin’ fer the embers, or y’ll ‘ave a bushfire goin’.

Shave one cake o’ Sunlight into the tub.

Nex’ sort them piles.
Whites wiv whites, colours togevver, an’ rags wiv ‘e strides.

Fer makin’ the starch.
Add dust t’ cold Adam’s ale. Stir till she levels. Then, thin, wiv ‘e boiled

Take yeh whites,
Watch fer burs and soil.
Rub yeh spots on the board. Scrub hard, then bring to a boil.
Fish out the clobber with the end o’ a broom.
Wrench ‘n then starch.

But girl, don’ boil yeh colours.

Hang rags on the choc’n bloc, tea towls on the grass.

An’ use ’em hot, leftover, suds, t’scrub the veranda.

Toss the wrench water on the veggie patch.

Douse yeh charcoal,

Turn yer tubs upside down.

Doll yerself up, smoov yer Barney fair.
Unlock The ‘Ope an’ Worry Uv Yer Lives’
Make a cuppa, sit a spell, chew the rag ‘n counchya blessins.

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years