Min­i­may to cel­e­brate fa­mous poet

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The Wim­mera’s most fa­mous na­tional poet John Shaw Neil­son will be the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tion at Min­i­may in the west Wim­mera next week.

Min­i­may Hall Com­mit­tee is or­gan­is­ing the event, at Min­i­may Sol­diers Me­mo­rial Hall on Oc­to­ber 19, to com­mem­o­rate the time Neil­son lived in the town.

Neil­son was born in Penola on Fe­bru­ary 22, 1872, and went to Min­i­may with his par­ents as a nine-year-old in 1891.

He be­came one of the fore­most po­ets of his gen­er­a­tion.

He wrote his first poem, ‘When are the An­gels Near­est’ when he was 16, The a work pub­lished in news­pa­per, Aus­tralasian.

The swamps and birdlife Neil­son en­coun­tered on his walk to school and work greatly in­flu­enced his work.

Min­i­may Hall Com­mit­tee has in­vited grade five and six stu­dents from all west Wim­mera schools and Frances Pri­mary School in South Aus­tralia to gather at the hall to learn about John Shaw Neil­son, read and act out his po­etry and learn about life in Min­i­may in 1891.

It has also in­vited the wider com­mu­nity to at­tend an of­fi­cial din­ner in Min­i­may Sol­diers Me­mo­rial Hall.

Mem­bers of John Shaw Neil­son So­ci­ety from Mel­bourne, as well as Penola, will at­tend the din­ner, with pro­ceed­ings start­ing at 4.30pm with dis­trict iden­ti­ties recit­ing Neil­son’s po­etry.

Of­fi­cials will also un­veil a paint­ing of Neil­son, by Har­row artist Ron Pen­rose, dur­ing the night.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is en­cour­ag­ing all for­mer Min­i­may school stu­dents, of which it be­lieves there about 25, to at­tend the evening of cel­e­bra­tion.

Peo­ple seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or keen to book in for the din­ner can call com­mit­tee mem­bers Ge­of­frey Carracher on 5386 6261, Jenny Chen­hall on 0416 264 113 or Dick Smith on 5386 6241.

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