The Australian Eden

by | 6 Sep, 2020

Norman Talbot


It’s a rum sort of Garden of Eden

With its bushfires, its floods, and its drought,

But the Kooris have dwelt here since time began

And they never were thrown out.

When the Snake came tempting Australia’s Eve

In the way it always did

To pluck and eat the very fruit

The Creator had forbid,

The Koori girl stayed obedient,

Loved God for God’s own sake,

So she left the bush apple on its bush

And skinned, and et, the snake.


Norman included this poem in his Backhouse Lecture in 1999.  We thought it was worth republishing it.

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