That is interesting Shelley.
I had believed that Cecil Lowther was a pattern maker and assistant manager at Walkers Ltd (Maryborough). He could easily have been a state school teacher too I guess.
He was very active in chronicling local events in Maryborough for the forty years leading up to his death... in 1957 !!?? which does not seem consistent with him living into his 90's and teaching at your school? You look too young!
But Cecil Lowther would not be a common name!
A mystery. Certainly a treasured autograph!
Kay Gassan produced a book in 2015 (Gallipoli centenary) entitled "Poems of World War One by Bannerman". It cost about $10.
Many of his war poems were sort of designed to comfort those who had lost loved ones in The Great War. But he wrote much other material as well.
I stumbled across him through a nice lady-friend who knew an old Campbell locally.(an 88yo son?) Through Meg, this Campbell supplied me with the two poems I have herein quoted. It was said that The Deputy Mayor, Fraser Coast (George Seymour) was working on a book on Bannerman.... biography and a selection of poems by him. We have corresponded and George has supplied more pieces to the mozaic of Bannerman.
His old forge now has gone for good,
And handsome shops stand where it stood,
And Robert and his gallant band
Of sturdy sons now till the land,
Not far from famous Hervey Bay,
And somewhere down Dundowran way ;
His once dark hair has changed its hue,
And Bob's a whiteman through and through.
Bannerman, Maryborough, Sept 19, 1936
from poem "Robert Campbell Esq, Dundowran"
"Vale, Bob Campbell" Maryborough 24-2-1941
May heaven comfort those who mourn
A husband, father dear.
A friend whose word was aye his bond
Amongst his neighbours here.
Farewell, old friend, sweet be your sleep,
You always played the game;
In years to come, while mem'ry lasts
We'll find Bob Campbell's name.
Fairly impressive stuff for a mere local. I live at Craignish/Dundowran. A bit close to home. "His earliest work relates to cricket, then to World War I, throughout the twenties he wrote about politics and local affairs, by the 1930s his friends and contemporaries were celebrating golden wedding anniversaries or passing away and he wrote a lot of obituaries" (like this one about Campbell).
George reckons that Cecil's poetry sort of grows on you, and I could well agree. We'll see.
George's book will come out early 2018, and I will be in the front row for a copy. (I would expect heaps of ABPA Members would similarly be queueing up.) I can then expand more on our mutual friend Mr. Cecil Lowther. aka Bannerman