9.The Town I Loved So Well: Images of Gawler SA.

July 30, 2017

 Gawler Railway Station - Nineteenth Street (Completed 1879)


Gawler Railway Station (c 1885)


 Gawler Railway Station (c 1895)


Gawler Railway Staff - March 1973


 Original Locomotive built by James Martin (c 1890s)



Railway Station Early Morning


Sun has freed a flock of mottled pigeons

from night rafters beneath the station roof


now they peck along the iron rails

finding between small stones a lean breakfast


metal fences, benches and hand rails

still wear a thin patina of dew


no one has stepped yet into fares and distance

the timetable of synchronised connections


and the stations of events and expectation

only the rhythmic nodding of a pigeon head


the slow dusting of light on a few itinerant trees

the platform morning swept, before stilled air


is shaken in a long steady thunder of the 5.52

and pigeon wings climb invisible rungs to safety.


Jeff Guess



Railway Station


A careful construction of old red clinker bricks

the crumbling architecture of what it takes


to measure transience

counting passengers in and out


from a platform where the train that is arriving

is already returning - sliding back into itself


in the slip case of illusion and the clock

that holds it to a timetable


of signals and bells

the nods and winks of an old conducting


and a muffled speaker box that has always

promised, beyond fares a kind of certainty


after two centuries of small hedge sparrows

pecking up this pale afternoon sun again.


Jeff Guess


Statue of James Martin (1821-1899)



©Jeff Guess 2017








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