Unpublished biography book on Ragnar Redbeard (Arthur Desmond)
In 1922, George G. Reeve (1875-1933) together with James Vance Marshall (1887-1964) was in the process of writing the first Biography on Ragnar Redbeard (Arthur Desmond). The book was to be edited by Guy A. Aldred (1866-1963) and arrangements was made to have it published in England and Australia. But from what it seems, the book never saw the light of day. Instead, Vance Marshall and Geo. G. Reeve kept writing articles on the alluring and interesting character Ragnar Redbeard (Arthur Desmond). Much of the material they had collected over the years—prose, and verse, was printed in newspapers like Windsor and Richmond Gazette. Vance Marshall even held lectures on Ragnar Redbeard's “Might is Right.”
[One year before, 1921 the Australian edition of MIGHT IS RIGHT was published by Ross’s Book Service, Melbourne. Printed by Fraser and Jenkinson, 343-5 Queen St., Melbourne Ed—Robert Carmonius]
Vance Marshall and Geo G. Reeve have, in collaboration, written the life and Australian career of “Ragnar Redbeard” (Arthur Desmond). This Maoriland whirlwind writer flashed across the horizon hereabouts for some six years (1890-1895), most of the time being spent in Sydney.
The story is fully told of how “Redbeard” came to write his work, “Might is Right,” of his oration in denunciation of the renegades from the Labor movement in 1893 — the historical undying hostility resolution.
Many old-time fighters and their activities and deeds are again brought on the stage of history. Just to mention a few names of the honored dead, John A. Andrews, Larry Petrie (accidentally killed at Villa Riea, Paraguay, South America). Mrs. Rose Summerfield Cadogan, the poetess of “The Worker” (Syd,) (1826-1908) and lectures at old Leigh House meetings on Sunday nights; Henry Lawson, associate of “Redbeard” and Australia’s wonder child, author, short story writer and versifier, but lately deceased, and last but not least, the late W H. McNamara, husband of Mrs. Bertha McNamara; and amongst those still active in the fight might be mentioned es Justly worthy John Dwyer, harry Holland, M. H. Reps (Maoriland), and Arthur Rae.
The book contains two prefaces by the joint authors of “Redbeard’s Activities in Sydney.” Chapters dealing with some historical happenings in the sister States of Victoria and Queensland. Chapters from Labor History, together with eighteen poems or sets of verses gathered from “the ends of the earth,” with footnotes and accurate items concerning the interesting career of “Ragnar Redbeard.”
The Australian Edition is now on the press. All enquiries should be addressed to Vance Marshall, 2 Wickham St. The Valley, Brisbane.
Guy A. Aldred (1886-1963) editor of “The Red,” is publishing the English edition of “Redbeard’s Biography and Revolutionary Songs.” Those desirous of obtaining the English edition should write to Guy A. Aldred, 17 Richmond Gardens, Shepheard’s Bush. London W. 12, England.
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You can read the following articles on www.ragnarredbeard.com; “Ragnar Redbeard,” Part I by Geo G. Reeve in the “Windsor and Richmond Gazette”, 26 November 1926. The Part II article was published in “Windsor and Richcmond Gazette,” 10 December 1926.
Another interesting article is; “Arthur Desmond” (Ragnar Redbeard) published in “Windsor and Richmond Gazette,” 8 October 1926 by “Baarmutha,” this article includes another picture of Arthur Desmond (Ragnar Redbeard), but with a beard.
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RAGNAR REDBEARD's UNMASKED POEMS: Batteries of pristine scorn and revolutionary songs.
George Gresham Reeve or Geo G. Reeve (1875-1933) as he called himself was one of the founders of the Society of Australian Genealogists. He was friends with Henry Lawson (1867-1922), and later involved with the Henry Lawson Literary Society. And at one time sec-treasurer for the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD, (the I.W.W.) in Sydney.
As Geo G. Reeve frequently wrote for the Windsor and Richmond Gazette, one can find many of his interesting and historical articles, among them many regarding Ragnar Redbeard (Arthur Desmond), including prose and verse.
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