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Frank the Poet


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Apr 30, 2010
Another Australian Story - RT.ie Radio 1: Documentary on One - Frank the Poet - A Convict's Tour to Hell

An Irishman who was a miner, shepherd, prisoner, slave - he wrote witty vicious verse - Australia's Dante, a bard of the blues. August 2012 was the 151st anniversary of the death of Francis MacNamara, better known in convict Australia as "Frank the Poet".

He was originally from Cashel, Co. Tipperary who worked as a miner in Kilkenny. He was transported to Australia after breaking a shop window and stealing wool cloth. Possibly, he did this deliberately to get transported. When he got to Australia, he was held for two years on a ship off shore.
A CONVICT'S TOUR TO HELL by Francis Macnamara

When the Devil came, pray what's your will?
Alas cried the Poet I've come to dwell
With you and share your fate in Hell
Says Satan that can't be, I'm sure
For I detest and hate the poor
And none shall in my kingdom stand
Except the grandees of the land.
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