Almanac Poetry: Prince Albert Hotel, Daylesford, Victoria


Main Street, Daylesford – oil on canvas laid down on board, 57.0 x 76.3 cm, by J. Tensfeld. 1862. (Source: Wikipedia.)



Prince Albert Hotel, Daylesford, Victoria


Night approaches.
Mist descends
on this mid-winter country town.
The ducks on the lake
huddle close to shore.
In the hills, the honey stall has shut.
Alone, I stand in a back street,
looking at the ruin
of an old stone pub.
I can just make out its name
on a crumbling side wall:
‘Prince Albert’—Victoria’s beloved.
Was it a pub where families would gather?
Or rough-heads brawl on Saturday nights?
Popular? Poorly patronized?
A few old locals might know.
Judging by what buildings remain,
this town of a mere few thousand
used to have a pub and church
in every second street.
Sin in one, be forgiven in the other:
everything in balance.


(Acknowledgements: first published in Polestar, 2009; then in my second book-length collection, Lionheart Summer, 2011, Picaro Press, reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His work has appeared in print in Australia, the UK and the USA, as well as on many online venues. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (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. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Anyone in Almanac land know anything about the old pub building mentioned in this poem? – I’m very curious, as I haven’t been able to turn up much myself.

  2. Love it.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Kate. Thanks! I enjoy doing poetic “sketches” such as this.

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