History in poetry Local historians Kay Gassan and Cr George Seymour reading Bannerman poems in bound editions of the Maryborough Chronicle. Photo Contributed
History in poetry Local historians Kay Gassan and Cr George Seymour reading Bannerman poems in bound editions of the Maryborough Chronicle. Photo Contributed Contributed

Bannerman book celebrates Heritage City literary traditions

HISTORIAN Kay Gassan thinks people in Maryborough should be proud of the city's strong literary traditions.

Not only does the Heritage City have P L Travers of Mary Poppins fame to brag about, but also the Maryborough Chronicle's 'Bannerman'.

Bannerman, also known as Cecil Lowther, wrote poetic ballads for the Maryborough Chronicle for more than 40 years.

His segment was called 'Topical Verse'.

While the man-about-town wrote ballads about everyday facets of life, Kay focused her past paper rummage on Bannerman's efforts to soothe the region's heartbroken souls throughout WWI.

Her book, 'Poems of World War I by Bannerman', will be launched on Friday at the Maryborough Library as part of this year's ANZAC centenary.

"I am 75-years-old and I remember hearing about Bannerman when I was young," Kay said.

"And people should be proud because he has given us parts of history that would have otherwise been forgotten."

Bannerman, the literary genius, was also employed as a pattern maker and assistant manager at Walkers Ltd, she said.

His motto to life was to: "Find the good in people."

The book launch will be from 11am on October 23 at the Maryborough Library.

Book a spot by ringing 4190 5788.

'Poems of World War I by Bannerman' will be on sale for $10.

Find the Maryborough Library at 127-129 Bazaar Street, Maryborough.



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