The Coo-ee Reciter

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Recitation was a vital part of the curriculum in education in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It not only enabled students to gain practice in addressing groups in public, but also provided models for the study of accent and elocution – vital skills in the days before public address systems were universally available. Accordingly, a number of “reciters,” or collections of texts suitable for recitation, were published in this period. The Coo-ee Reciter, published in 1904, was one of the most popular of these collections in Australia. In the words of the anthologist it contains a variety of "humorous, pathetic, dramatic and dialect recitations and readings" by Australian, British and American authors.

Inevitably, these collections featured many items that featured the events and attitudes of the period. While many of the pieces can make no claim to be great literature, they do have great value as windows into the experiences, expectations and aspirations of the people at the time. - Summary by Algy Pug

Genre(s): Anthologies, Literary Collections

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 I Killed a Man at Graspan by Montague Grover Algy Pug
00:03:15
Play 02 Kitty O'Toole by W.L.Lumley Algy Pug
00:01:31
Play 03 The Ballad of the Drover by Henry Lawson Algy Pug
00:03:31
Play 04 The Rescue by Edward Dyson Algy Pug
00:05:52
Play 05 Saltbush Bill by A.B. Paterson Algy Pug
00:05:05
Play 06 Drought and Doctrine by J. Brunton Stephens Algy Pug
00:06:19
Play 07 The Martyr by Victor J. Daley Algy Pug
00:03:44
Play 08 The Carrying of the Baby by Ethel Turner Algy Pug
00:10:21
Play 09 The Old Gum by Florence Bullivant Algy Pug
00:03:20
Play 10 Murphy shall not Sing To-night by Montague Grover Algy Pug
00:03:22
Play 11 Christmas Bells by John B. O'Hara Algy Pug
00:03:17
Play 12 Wool is Up by Garnet Walch Algy Pug
00:02:47
Play 13 Wool is Down by Garnet Walch Algy Pug
00:03:49
Play 14 The Highland Brigade Buries its Dead by Lieut -Col W T Reay Algy Pug
00:08:08
Play 15 Australia's Call to Arms by John B. O'Hara Algy Pug
00:02:14
Play 16 Good News by Garnet Walch Algy Pug
00:03:25
Play 17 Free Trade v Protection by Garnet Walch Algy Pug
00:08:35
Play 18 The Lion's Cubs by Garnet Walch Algy Pug
00:03:25
Play 19 The Little Duchess by Ethel Turner Algy Pug
00:15:59
Play 20 Australia's Springtime by W.L.Lumley Algy Pug
00:03:55
Play 21 The Man that saved the Match by David McKee Wright Algy Pug
00:06:26
Play 22 Ode for Commonwealth Day, 1st January, 1901 by George Essex Evans Algy Pug
00:03:37
Play 23 A Desperate Assault by Donald MacDonald Algy Pug
00:06:38
Play 24 The Game of Life by John Godfrey Saxe John Burlinson
00:03:28
Play 25 Prejudice by Charlotte Perkins Stetson John Burlinson
00:02:32
Play 26 The Poor and the Rich by James Russell Lowell John Burlinson
00:03:40
Play 27 The Engineer's Story from the Denver Post John Burlinson
00:03:42
Play 28 Seeing's not Believing by Thomas Haynes Bayley Newgatenovelist
00:05:30
Play 29 Caudle has been made a Mason by Douglas Jerrold Newgatenovelist
00:02:45
Play 30 Mrs Caudle's Lecture by Douglas Jerrold Newgatenovelist
00:03:03
Play 31 Jim Bludso by Colonel John Hay John Burlinson
00:03:32
Play 32 How Uncle Mose Counted the Eggs by anonymous John Burlinson
00:07:07
Play 33 The Negro Baby's Funeral by Will Carleton John Burlinson
00:05:38
Play 34 Der Shpider und der Fly by Charles Follen Adams John Burlinson
00:03:14
Play 35 Lariat Bill by G W H John Burlinson
00:03:39
Play 36 The Elf Child; or, Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley John Burlinson
00:03:11
Play 37 Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene by Matthew Gregory Lewis Newgatenovelist
00:06:12
Play 38 An All-around Intellectual Man by Thomas Masson John Burlinson
00:01:38
Play 39 Her Ideal by Kate Masterson John Burlinson
00:02:14
Play 40 The Happy Farmer by Mortimer Crane Brown John Burlinson
00:02:41
Play 41 The Son of a Soldier by Owen Oliver Algy Pug
00:02:13
Play 42 The Mile by David McKee Wright Algy Pug
00:03:57