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This poem is an example of the satirical verses published by The Bulletin to ridicule the perceived â€œopportunistic and self-servingâ€ collaborative association between former political opponents (aka â€˜rivalsâ€™), Sir Henry Parkes, and Sir John Robertson aka â€˜the Knight of Clovellyâ€™ (Louise D'Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature 1840-1910, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011, pp.147-48). The occasion that warranted lampooning here was the inauguration of the new Macquarie lighthouse (South Head, Port Jackson). The poemâ€™s backdrop is that of two â€˜worthyâ€™ knights. Formerly bitter adversaries, they now seem â€˜reconciledâ€™ and working together for the common good, albeit at considerable expense to public funding, and to general good will, while stretching the city of Sydneyâ€™s patience to the limits.
13 March 1880 (p. 3)