C.J. Dennis History

Author and poet C.J. Dennis spent the greater part of his youth in Laura when his father owned the long gone Beetaloo Hotel.

To a little town that nestles down
By the hills of Beetaloo
Where a youth dreamed dreams of fair renown.
And a man’s ambition grew.
‘Twas here his earliest songs were sung
And he won his earliest praise
From men who were young when he was young
In the long gone Laura days.

from “Laura Days” By C.J. Dennis