Memoir

 

Snakes

Snakes

Miles Franklin, Miles Franklin
My freedom from certain fears does not include tolerance of snakes. From infancy my elders implanted in me: their own fear of these reptiles and it took root and grew to an unconquerable revulsion. Even pictured snakes horrify me; the ...
Remembrance of Things Past: 2) How Biochemistry Came to Melbourne

Remembrance of Things Past: 2) How Biochemistry Came to Melbourne

W.A. Osborne
When I took up duty in the University of Melbourne as professor of physiology in March 1904 I soon discovered that the students had little knowledge of the chemistry which is most serviceable in physiology, pathology and medicine—the chemistry of ...
I Sinned Against Syntax

I Sinned Against Syntax

Xavier Herbert
No dog with a multiplicity of tails was ever as proud as I when informed that I had been awarded the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal in 1940 for that novel of mine, Capricornia. Never before in my life had ...
London Days

London Days

Vance Palmer
When I returned to London, in 1910, it was with a little more assurance than I had felt a few years earlier. Then I had been intensely conscious of my youth, my lack of experience, my incapacity for anything but ...
A Morning in School

A Morning in School

Zenta Mauriņa
The darkest point in my high school life was the mathematics teacher, Gadebsky. I name him here by his real name, perhaps from a feeling of revenge. He, rather than my crippled state, was the source of most of my ...