Did You Know Rudyard Kipling Visited The Otways in 1891?


Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (1894), Just So Stories (1902), Kim (1901).

In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient.

He travelled to The Otway Ranges in 1891, describing Apollo Bay as “paradise by the sea” and was inspired to write this verse for his long poem Flowers.

Full version can be found here: http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/flowers.html

Buy my hot-wood clematis,

Buy a frond o’ fern

Gathered where the Erskine leaps

Down the road to Lorne —

Buy my Christmas creeper

And I’ll say where you were born!

West away from Melbourne dust holidays begin —

They that mock at Paradise woo at Cora Lynn —

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