Almanac Poetry: Morrisons, Victoria


Morrisons, as described in the 1903 Australian Handbook.



Morrisons, Victoria


Not a town;
a locality
on a bush road off the highway.
A dry, stony river bed
runs beside the road.
The hill overlooking the absent river
is pockmarked with old mine shafts.
A farm kid, exploring,
his father at the Great War,
fell in one and was buried alive.
Near the bridge is a small,
immaculately maintained
Mechanics’ Institute hall.
But where are the people who’d use it?
Dad told me Uncle Cecil
lived here once.
But that was decades ago.



St James’ Anglican Church, Morrisons. (Source: Wikipedia.)


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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Latest official Morrisons population (courtesy of 2016 census): 128.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Further note … average current attendance at the two monthly services of St James’ Anglican Church, Morrisons … “about five or six” in 2020, according to a local quoted on a blog entitled “Here Today …” The same blog reports that the church “in fact is living off the capital of the past, with an endowment to keep the building in repair.”

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