Portrait of the Honorable Francis Kenna

Francis Kenna (1865-1932), from The Queenslander, 1906. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

William Francis Kenna (21 September 1865 - 23 June 1932)[1] was an Australian poet, journalist, and politician.


Kenna served as Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly in Queensland. He edited the Brisbane Worker.

He published "Banjo, of the Overflow," a parody of Banjo Paterson’s "Clancy of the Overflow", in 1892 as part of the Bulletin Debate about the true nature of life in the Australian bush. Like many of his poems (including those later published in Phases), it was first published in the Sydney Bulletin.

In 1907 he married Edith Elvira Stamp; they had a son, Vernon.



  • Songs of a Season. Melbourne: Melville, Mullen & Slade; 1895.
  • Poems.[1900s]
  • Phases. Bangalow, NSW: Thomas S. Laidler, 1915.


  • Queensland Authors and Artists’ Xmas Magazine (edited by Kenna & issued by the Queensland Authors and Artists Association). Brisbane, Qld: Watson Ferguson, [no year].

See alsoEdit


  • Australian National Bibliographical Database (which has 8 entries for works by or about Kenna).


External linksEdit

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