Biography of Nina Murdoch
The daughter of law clerk John Andrew Murdoch and his wife Rebecca (Murphy), Nina grew up in the small town of Woodburn, NSW. She attended the Sydney Girls' High School from 1904 until 1907, and then taught at the Sydney Boys' Preparatory School.
Nina began writing poetry whilst still at high school and published many of her poems in The Bulletin between 1913 - 1922. In 1913 she won the Bulletin prize for a sonnet about Canberra. She worked for the Sydney Sun and became one of the first women general reporters. She married in 1917.
Nina died in 1976.
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Nina Murdoch Poems
There has been wrong done since the world began. That young men should go out and die in war, And lie face down in the dust for a brief span,
Sing A Song Of War-Time
Sing a Song of War-time, Soldiers marching by, Crowds of people standing, Waving them ‘Good-bye’,
The Braemar Road
The road that leads to Braemar winds ever in and out. It wanders here and dawdles there, and trips and turns about Like a child upon an errand that play has put to rout. By the road that leads to Braemar, the greybeard poplars stand,
There has been wrong done since the world began.
That young men should go out and die in war,
And lie face down in the dust for a brief span,
And be not good to look at anymore.
It is the old men with their crafty eyes
And greedy fingers and their feeble lungs,
Make mischief in the world and are called wise,
And bring war on us with their garrulous tongues.