George is a bit of an old time character. A retired Hill miner, unionist and writer of country songs. Slim Dusty has recorded eleven of his poems, which he had set to music. George calls himself the ‘stirrer of Broken Hill’. I asked George to help me unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Percy Brookfield (Harry Chaplin files for songs on Brookfield). He sent me the following.
‘Percy Brookfield devotees acknowledge the enigma of his character with the inscription upon his tombstone by poet Thomas Bracken.
Not understood poor souls with stunted vision,
Dame Mary Gilmore, who had been born at Silvermine, 16 miles from Broken Hill, also wrote some lines.
Tell it abroad, tell it abroad, tell it by chapel and steeple,