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Notes Added by Mary Gilmore to the Inside Cover

This book is the history of M.J. Cameron (me) and my part in the young Labor Movement, as I was known at the time. I was Nellie. Ned was D.R. Stevenson, cousin to R.L.S. and in part William Lane himself. It was Lane who in the last chapter travelled to Queensland with probable arrest—almost certain arrest—ahead of him.

As the story appeared serially it was read by the union men [?] in St. Helena. They decided that when “out of work” they would go in a body to Sydney “to see this wonderful girl”. Not all could do it. Those who came to see me were Julian Stuart, Alick Forrester, Lewis Smith-Barry and de Guerin. (The fourth man is shadowy and I am sure a foreigner racially.) With them were T.H. Hall and W. Ward. Julian Stuart many years after referred to this visit in a recollections article in the W.A. Worker. There he said I was the moving spirit or some such expression, of the movement.

Mary Gilmore, Sydney. 7/3/33.

For fuller particulars see partly annotated copy which I gave to Dr. George Mackaness together with articles verifying above statement and appearing in South Australian and W.A. papers.

[?] Leo Hayes, Crows Nest, Queensland, told me he had known in Queensland that I was Nellie in this book written about me.

de Guerin came to see me at “The Worker” office in about 1914 or 1915 I think. His daughter wrote “When Rody came to Ironbark”, published by A. and R. He reminded me of the earlier visit.

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