In Singabout 4(4) 1962 Vera Duncan contributed the following recitation.
Mrs Vera Deacon is listed in our 1958-1966 Mailing List as the contact for the Realist Writers.
She donated her papers relating to the Realist Writers Group to the State Library of NSW & this biography comes from the Library's catalogue entry -
Vera Deacon, nee Pember, was born into a working-class family in Mayfield-Waratah, Newcastle, in 1926. She joined the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) in 1944. She married trade unionist and fellow CPA member, Stan Deacon (1906-1993), in 1946. She was a member of the Realist Writers’ Group (Sydney), 1954-1970, was secretary during its formative years, and edited the Realist Writer. In the 1960s Vera Deacon was an honorary board member of the Australasian Book Society. She lived in Sydney from 1948 to 1997 before moving to Stockton.
Vera's memories of growing up on the river during the Depression inspired Dorothy Hewett's Weevils in the Flour
The poem has been published in 2 newspapers that have been digitised, & who know how many others that are not available on line.
A fuller version is found in TROVE - The Southern Mail (Bowral, NSW, 1889-1954),
page header The Mail, Friday August 26th 1938, page 6
I found these verses amongst some literary treasures
A shorter version comes from https://www.newspapers.com/about/ a US-based online site offering US & world papers.
An extract from the poem came from