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And in Australia…
Will H. Ogilvie Remembered
In Hawick, Scotland, during the weekend of August 16th – 18th, a special celebration was held that related in no small way to how Australians view their Outback heritage today. The celebration was for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Will H. Ogilvie; a Scottish-born poet whose works capture the essence of the Australian bush and its teaching in a way most Australian-born poets never quite could.
Reflecting the 12 years he spent in Australia, as a stockman, drover and horse-breaker, Will’s love for the Australian bush, and the wisdom it will provide, shone through in his poems. From The Bush, My Lover to The Wallaby Track, from The Secrets of the Moon to Australia, his gentle, nuanced tones, like the cadence of a cantering horse on soft ground, defined the bush in a manner that allows us to see through the often harsh nature of this land into the majesty of its soul.
The recital of Will’s poetry across the weekend, from the play commemorating his life on the Friday night through the cairn opening on Saturday afternoon to the church service on the Sunday morning, much of which reflected his time in Australia, reinforced how much he loved the Australian Outback. Listening to those poems, in the green, rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, continually reminded me of how important the bush is to Australian culture and how important its wisdom remains for us today.
It was also a gentle reminder of the significant contribution Will Ogilvie made to Australia by enlightening us to the unique wisdom and insights he gleaned from this land over a century ago.