Henry Ernest Boote

Henry Ernest Boote (1865-1949). Courtesy PoemHunter.

Henry Ernest Boote (20 May 1865 - 14 August 1949) was an Australian poet, editor, journalist, and propagandist.


Born in Liverpool, England, Boote began working as an apprentice to a printer at the age of 10. He emigrated to Australia in 1889.[1] That same year he married Mary Jane Paingdestre, and began working in Brisbane as a compositor. He was an inspired trade unionist and became involved in the Queensland labour movement, writing articles and propaganda from a socialist slant.[2]

In 1894, the Australian Labour Federation posted Boote to Bundaberg as editor of the Bundaberg Guardian. In 1896 he moved to Gympie, where he established a paper called The Gympie Truth, and in 1902 became editor of The Worker in Brisbane. He was also the founding editor of The Queensland Worker (1902–11), and The Australian Worker (1914–43)[3]

Boote was a friend and associate of Prime Ministers Andrew Fisher, James Scullin, and John Curtin. Boote died in Rose Bay, New South Wales.[4]



  • The Dim Rainbow, and other poems. Sydney: William Brooks, [19--?]
  • As I Went By: Poems. Sydney: Worker Trustees, 1933.
  • The Siren City. Sydney: Worker Trusttes, 1935.
  • I Look Forth. Sydney: Worker Trustees, 1937.
  • May Day: A commemoration poem written for the great May day demonstration in Sydney, 1938. Sydney: 1938.


  • The Catholicity of Socialism. Brisbane, Qld: Queensland Social-Democratic Federation, 1892.
  • The case of Grant: Fifteen years for fifteen words. Sydney: Social Democratic League, [191-?]
  • A Fool's Talk. Sydney: Worker Trustees, 1915.
  • Guilty or Not Guilty? An examination of the IWW cases. Sydney: Labor Council of New South Wales, 1916.
  • Set the Twelve Men Free. Sydney: New South Wales Labor Council, 1918.
  • The land of Wherisit: A cycle of tales that begins at the end and ends at the beginning; told by a graduate of All Fools' College for the entertainment of his kind. Sydney : Judd, 1919.
  • The Human Ladder: an Australian story of our own time. Sydney: Judd, 1920.
  • Bailey, M.L.A. Exonerated: A frame-up exposed: Report of inquiry. Sydney: Australian Workers' Union. Central Branch, 1923.
  • Tea with the Devil, and other diversions. Sydney: Worker Trustees, 1928.
  • Against Conscription: Our last stand (with Maurice Blackburn). Melbourne: May Brodney, 1942.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde, Oxford University Press, 1996
  2. Frank Farrell, 'Boote, Henry Ernest (1865 - 1949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 342-343.
  5. Search results = au:Henry Boote, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 10, 2014.

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