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‘Dam(n)pier as Mephistopheles,’ is The Bulletin cartoonist Phil May’s humorous pun on actor and theatrical entrepreneur Alfred Dampier’s name (See Louise D'Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature…

This poem is an example of the satirical verses published by The Bulletin to ridicule the perceived “opportunistic and self-serving” collaborative association between former political opponents (aka ‘rivals’), Sir Henry Parkes, and Sir John…