Appendix Three: Example of Dempsey’s Entertainment Pedagogy

The following appeared in the “Our Four O’clock”, in The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday, 18 June 1913, Supplement: Courier Home Circle p. 14.

Mr J. J. Dempsey, of Junction Park School, has kindly forwarded a very ingenious competition improvised at an evening. The answers are all single word, and each one contains the name of a Federal politician. It was called a Federal Political Wedding:

1.-What was the man's name on Wedding day? -Groom (Q.).

2.-What was the girl who hooked him? -A Fisher (Q.).

3.-Who held the bride's train? -Page (Q).

4.-What was the chief flower in the bouquets? -Lilley (Q.).

5.-Who led the singing? -Chanter (N.S.W.).

6.-What did the best man look like? -Guy (Tas.).

7.-With what were the wedding promise sealed? -Gould (N.S.W.).

8.-What did the guests do at the reception? -Chataway (Q.).

9.-Who provided the joints? -Butcher (W.A.).

10.-What is the new wife expected to do? -Cook (NS.W.).

11.-What might he do if she fails in that? -Hunter-Sharre (Q.).

12.-What will he do when she is old and grey? -Dyer (Q.).

13.-What will she do when he dies? -Maughan (Q.).

14. What North Queensland town won'd [sic] suit for their (winter) honeymoon? -McKay (V).

The word puzzle would be a challenge for contemporaneous readers unfamiliar with Australian political history of the early twentieth century. However, one wonders if contemporary Australian readers would do very well with an equivalent word puzzle for Australian political history of the early twentieth-first century. A greater knowledge of Australian political affairs may have been expected in the first days of the federation.

To educate contemporary readers, the answers to word puzzle are explained here:[1]

1. Sir Littleton Ernest Groom, KC KCMG (Member for Darling Downs, 1901–1929) was a Commonwealth Minister, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Australia's 17th longest serving federal Parliamentarian (33 years and one month). He was a member of every Australian Federal non-Labor Party ministry from 1905 to 1926. He was a liberal protectionist, who believed in the extension of federal powers, but became increasingly opposed to the Australian Labor Party's socialist agenda.

2.  Andrew Fisher (Member for Wide Bay, 1901– 1915) served as the fifth Prime Minister on three separate occasions. Fisher's 1910-13 Labor ministry completed a vast legislative programme which made him, along with Protectionist Alfred Deakin, the founder of the statutory structure of the new nation. The Fisher government legacy of reforms and national development lasted beyond the divisions that would later occur with World War I and Billy Hughes' conscription push.

3. James "Jim" Page (Member for Maranoa, 1901–1921) was elected to the Australian House of Representatives in the first federal election, winning the Queensland rural seat of Maranoa for the Labor Party. He held the seat until his death in 1921.

4. Arthur Shipley Lilley Snr, son of Sir Charles Lilley, colonial Premier of Queensland, was the Labor candidate for the Queensland federal electorate of Lilley in 1913.

5. John Moore Chanter (Member for Riverina 1901–1922) was variously a member of the Protectionist Party, Australian Labor Party and Nationalist Party of Australia.

6.  James Guy (Tasmania Senator, 1914–1920) was an Australian Labor Party member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Bass from 1909 to 1913. He was elected to the Australian Senate on 5 September 1914.

7. Sir Albert John Gould (New South Wales Senator, 1901–1910) was the second President of the Australian Senate.

8. Thomas Drinkwater Chataway (Queensland Senator, 1907–1913) was Mackay’s Mayor in 1904. In 1906 he was elected to the Australian Senate as an Anti-Socialist Senator for Queensland. He joined the Commonwealth Liberal Party when it formed in 1909. Chataway was defeated in 1913.

9.  William James Burchell Butcher (24 July 1858–24 May 1944) was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for twelve years. Butcher contested for a seat in the Australian Senate in the elections of 31 May 1913 and 15 September 1914, but was unsuccessful.

10. Sir Joseph Cook, GCMG (Member for Parramatta 1901–1921) was the sixth Prime Minister of Australia. A founding member of the Australian Labor Party, Cook was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1891. Later Cook switched to the Free Trade Party. In Federal politics Cook served as the deputy to George Reid, then Alfred Deakin, following the creation of the Commonwealth Liberal Party from Cook's and Deakin's parties. As leader of the Liberal Party, Cook became Prime Minister following the 1913 elections; but he only had a one-seat majority in the lower house and no majority at all in the upper house, so he repeatedly sought to obtain a double dissolution. Following a split in the Labor party in 1916, Cook joined William Morris Hughes' Nationalist Party of Australia, and following the Nationalist victory in the 1917 election, served as Minister for the Navy, then Treasurer under Hughes.

11-A. John McEwan Hunter (1863?-1940) was a Labor member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1907. In the Ryan Government – well after this word puzzle of 1913 – Hunter served as Secretary for Public Lands, and later as Agent-General. He was not a Federal politician.

11-B. James Benjamin Sharpe (Member for Oxley, 1913 – 1917) was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Oxley in 1913. He held the seat until his defeat in 1917.

12. Francis Dyer was the Liberal candidate for the Queensland federal electorate of Capricornia in 1913. He was not a Federal politician in the sense that he held an elected position.

13. William John Ryott Maughan (Queensland Senator, 1913–1920) was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Queensland in 1913, remaining in the Senate until his defeat in 1919, taking effect in 1920.

14. Sir James Whiteside McKay KCMG, KBE, CB, VD (Member for Corinella, 1901– 1906) a member of the first Australian Federal Parliament, serving as Minister for Defence from 1904 to 1905, during which he implemented long-lasting reforms, including the creation of the Military Board.


[1] Information taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Members of the Australian House of Representatives, 1910–1913; a list of the members of the Australian House of Representatives in the Fourth Australian Parliament, which was elected on 13 April 1910.,_1910%E2%80%931913, sighted 9 April 2013. And Members of the Australian Senate, , sighted 9 April 2013.