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William Thomas Goodge (28 September 1862 – 28 November 1909) was an English writer and journalist, who arrived in Australia in 1882, after jumping ship in Sydney. He worked in various jobs in New South Wales, including as a coal-miner, until he was engaged to write for "The Tribune" in North Sydney, a small weekly associated with the "Daily Telegraph". From there he was chosen by Harry Newman (Member of Parliament and newspaper proprietor) to edit "The Leader" newspaper in Orange, NSW. Goodge remained in Orange, becoming part-owner of "The Leader" at some point, until in the early 1900s he returned to Sydney and began writing for that city's newspapers, especially "The Sunday Times". Goodge was first married on 21 January 1892. His wife died 3 January 1895 of typhoid, leaving behind two children. Sometime later he remarried and had another child. Goodge died on 28 November 1909 in North Sydney. During his writing career, Goodge wrote mainly light-verse poems and short stories. Although he did have one novel, The Fortunes of Fenchurch, serialised in the pages of The Sunday Times, the book was never published separately. His best known works were "The Great Australian Adjective", and "The Oozlum Bird". Norman Lindsay, who illustrated the reprint volume of Goodge's only poetry collection, considered the poet better than C. J. Dennis. "Goodge, with his Hits! Skits! and Jingles!, is a much better light-verse writer than Dennis, and his book should be reprinted."

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A Bad Break
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King Whiskey
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Ough''A Phonetic Fantasy 139 Views
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No Choice 118 Views
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The Guile of Dad M'Ginnis
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A Snake Yarn 92 Views
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The Shearer's Cook
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A Matter of Knack 78 Views
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Australia's Pride
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The Australian Slanguage 64 Views
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How we drove the Trotter
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The Melodiuos Bullocky
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The Great Australian Adjective 53 Views
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Mulligan's Shanty 47 Views
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Daley's Dorg 'Wattle' 45 Views
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Two Men and a Maid 43 Views
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The M'Camley Mixture
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