Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bribie by the sea

In an effort to attract fisherman to travel on the Koopa to Bribie Island, a small article in the Daily Standard (Brisbane) of 26 October 1917 shared the following piece of poetry.


October 1917

Anglers are reminded that the favourite steamer Koopa is to make another trip to Bribie Island tomorrow leaving Kennedy Wharf at 2 p.m. and tickets are available for return by Sunday’s boat. Particulars are advertised in yesterday’s “Daily Standard”.

The following verses give an angler’s idea of the sport to be had there:


If you want a pleasant week-end, and 
you haven't too much cash.
Where you need not dress for dinner, in 
fact, where nothing's flash;
And you like a bit of angling, or a day's
sport with the gun,
Then go aboard the Koopa and to
Bribie take a run. 

The angling it is splendid, no matter
how the tide,
You need not be an expert, for the fish
they suicide.
It is there you find the whiting, that
take you all your time to land,
If asked how you enjoyed your trip,
you'd say, "Man, it was grand!"

If you want to try your tackle, and
prove it is the best,
The fish are there and ready and will
give you any test,
Such as groper, dew, or schnapper, and
flathead by the score.
While bream or whiting you reel them
in until your arms are sore.

Just read the Friday's "Standard,"
you'll find my words are true,
Next time the Koopa runs again, just
see that she takes you.
I bet you will enjoy yourself, and will
with me agree.
You cannot beat a week-end at Bribie
by the sea.
                                  "TUG TELLUM."

Bribie by the Sea (poem) Daily Standard, Friday 26 October 1917, p. 7