Albert J. Wood - A Biography

Albert Wood was born on 1 November 1869 in Deloraine, Tasmania, the son of Alfred Wood and Elizabeth James.1 Albert's parents had married on 26 July 1861 in Westbury, Tasmania, and Albert was the third of their four children. Albert Jos. Carbines Wood (24) married Ethel Mary Boote (19) on 22 July 1893 in Stanley, Tasmania.2 Ethel was born Ethel May Boot on 10 August 1873 in the Horton district to Robert Boot and Jane Spinks.3

Albert and Ethel would go on to have seven children: Leonard Alfred (1893 in Stanley), Gertrude Elizabeth (1895 in Stanley), Cecil Cyril (1896 in Stanley), Bertie Eugene (1899 in Stanley), Sylvia May (1901 in Duck River), Alfred Tennyson (1903 in Waratah) and Horace Mervyn (1905 in Camp Creek). Around the time his last child was born, when Albert was about 36, Albert's literary output started appearing publicly. Clearly, by naming his son Alfred Tennyson in 1903, Albert was already familiar with the Victorian poets. Albert's known works include (and this is by no means a complete bibliography):

Date Title (format) Source Link
20 Mar 1905 The Voice of the Bush (poetry) "The Voice of the Bush." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 20 Mar 1905 NLA
17 May 1905 Nocturne (poetry) "Nocturne." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 17 May 1905 NLA
03 Mar 1906 The Plutocrat's Prayer (poetry) "VARIOUS VERSES." The Clipper (Hobart, Tas. : 1893 - 1909) 3 Mar 1906 NLA
26 Apr 1906 The Wheel of Life : "I watch, detached, the whirling wheel" (poetry) The Bulletin , 26 April vol. 27 no. 1367 1906; (p. 3)  
00 Sep 1906 Walt Whitman : Poet and Democrat (essay) Steele Rudd's Magazine , September 1906; (p. 702-705)  
21 Sep 1906 Amor Vincit Omnia (poetry) "Amor Vincit Omnia." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 21 Sep 1906 NLA
00 Oct 1906 The Axe : "Where the coastal streams are flowing," (poetry) Steele Rudd's Magazine , October 1906; (p. 829)  
00 Dec 1906 Milkin' : "When the cows are homeward comin" (poetry) Steele Rudd's Magazine , December 1906; (p. 1054-1055)  
07 Mar 1907 The Wedding (poetry) "The Wedding." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 7 Mar 1907 NLA
24 May 1907 The Track of the Flag (poetry) "Empire Day." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 24 May 1907 NLA
29 Jun 1907 The Bush Pioneers : "Long years of solid working" (poetry) Critic , 29 June 1907; (p. 1)  
01 Aug 1907 Metamorphosis : "Surely you remember Nancy, surely it is more than Fancy" (poetry) The Bulletin , 1 August vol. 28 no. 1433 1907; (p. 3)  
00 XXX 1908 Under Tasmanian Skies : poems and verses (poetry) The Examiner Office, Launceston, 1908 (selected work)  
21 Mar 1908 Hard Hit? (poetry) "Hard Hit?." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 21 Mar 1908 NLA
27 Jun 1908 The Daughters of Jairus (poetry) "THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS." The Clipper (Hobart, Tas. : 1893 - 1909) 27 Jun 1908 NLA
07 Oct 1909 Castles in Spain : "Last night my ship went sailing" (poetry) The Bulletin , 7 October vol. 30 no. 1547 1909; (p. 3)  
09 Nov 1909 Tasmania's Fair Lakes (illustrated poetry) Courier Annual, 9 Nov 1909, discussed in "REMEMBER—NOVEMBER 9." Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) 30 Oct 1909 NLA (discussion only)
30 Dec 1911 The Treasure Seekers (poetry) "THE TREASURE SEEKERS." Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas. : 1890 - 1922) 30 Dec 1911 NLA
00 XXX 1914 Farewell Tasmanian Boys : a souvenir of Australia's Expeditionary Force (poetry) Privately Published, Albert J. Wood, 1914  
27 Jul 1915 Recruiting Song (poetry) "RECRUITING SONG." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 27 Jul 1915 NLA
05 Oct 1915 A Last Appeal (poetry) "A LAST APPEAL." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 5 Oct 1915 NLA
00 XXX 1916 Australia's Gallant Fight : a tribute in verse to our own lads in khaki (poetry) Privately Published, Albert J. Wood, 1916  
00 XXX 1916 When the Peace Bells Ring Again : "O! Boys who still are fighting 'gainst the wrong that must have righting," (poetry) Privately Published, Albert J. Wood, 1916  
00 XXX 1916 When the Peace Bells Ring Again : "O! Boys who still are fighting 'gainst the wrong that must have righting," (poetry) Privately Published, Albert J. Wood, 1916  
17 Nov 1917 Italia Agonistes (poetry) "ITALIA AGONISTES." The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) 17 Nov 1917 NLA
21 Sep 1927 Burnie: The Bride of the Sea (poetry) "BURNIE: THE BRIDE OF THE SEA." Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) 21 Sep 1927 (and 25 Sep 1929, and 3 Oct 1933) NLA
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02 Jul 1931 The Man on the Land (poetry) "THE MAN ON THE LAND." Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) 2 Jul 1931 NLA
02 Oct 1931 The Message of the Emu River (poetry) "The Message of the Em[?] River." Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) 2 Oct 1931 NLA
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29 Jan 1936 Vale! Emperor King (poetry) "VALE! EMPEROR KING!." Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) 29 Jan 1936 NLA

Other collections of Albert's work with no definitive publishing date include:

  • A Song of Circular Head; poetry
  • A Song of Our Own Fair Coast, Albert J. Wood, 1910-1919 poetry
  • Patriotic Poems and Various Verses, Albert J. Wood; 1900-1999 selected work poetry
  • A Song of Devonport, Albert J. Wood; 1900-1999 poetry
  • Devonport, Sheffield and Wilmot Railway: A History of the Movement; 191-?
  • The Mersey Bluff Tea Gardens and Museum: A Charming Tourist Resort; 1913?

Albert J. Wood died on 27 August 1940 Tasmania. The following obituary was published in the Advocate on 29 August 1940.

Late Mr. A. J. Wood, Smithton

Mr. Albert Joseph Wood, who died at his home at Leesville on Tuesday, was, some years ago, one of Tasmania's most widely published freelance journalists and poets. Aced 71 years, he commenced writing while a teacher in the Education Department, with which he severed his connection many years ago. His last school was at Waratah. While teaching at Camp Creek (now Tulla) he wrote much verse for "The Bulletin" and the now defunct "Steele Rudd's Magazine." After leaving the Education Department Mr. Wood joined the staff of the old "North-West Post " at Devonport. Subsequently he lived in various parts of Tasmania before going to Smithton, where he resided until his death. Besides contributing to the papers mentioned, the late Mr. Wood wrote for all the Tasmanian papers, and many of his articles and poems were published in "The Advocate." He was also a writer of short stories, and with his poetry he won prizes at musical and literary competitions at Ballarat, Launceston and elsewhere.

He married Miss H. Boote, of Smithton, who died about 20 years ago, and is survived by two sons and two daughters.

The funeral of Mr. Wood took place in the Scotchtown cemetery yesterday. Rev. H. C. Chadwick officiated. The pall bearers were Messrs. S. F. Collins, A. E. Gray, R. Barley, H. J. Hanson. The carriers were Messrs. R. Aitken, H. Burley, E. Debner, J. Newall, A. Gardiner, R. Hanson, fellow. employees of Mr. Wood. The chief mourners were Sergeant L. A. Wood. Anglesea Barracks, Hobart, Mr. A. T. Wood, now at Puckapunyal camp (sons), Mesdames C. E. and W. H. Lovell, of Burnsdale, Victoria (daughters), and Mrs. Fraser, secretary of the Northern Tasmanian Bush Nursing Association, Launceston (sister).4

  • 1. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1869/276
  • 2. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1893/797
  • 3. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1873/797
  • 4. "Late Mr. A. J. Wood, Smithton." Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) 29 Aug 1940: 2. Web. 2 Apr 2014; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article68377277.