James Brunton Stephens, 1902

Photo of James Brunton Stephens, 1902 sitting in whicker chair in garden.

James Brunton Stephens, 1902 - celebrated poet and head teacher at Ashgrove State  School in 1877. (AHS archive no. -  513)

'James Brunton Stephens (1835-1902), poet, novelist, critic, schoolteacher and public servant, was born on 17 June 1835 at Bo'ness near Edinburgh, son of John Stephens, schoolmaster, and his wife Jane, née Brunton.

On 28 December 1865 for obscure reasons Stephens migrated to Queensland in the Flying Cloud, which reached Moreton Bay on 28 April 1866. He taught French briefly at Tollerton House Academy, and then became a tutor with the Barker family of Tamrookum station on the Logan River. Though he admired the scenery, Stephens found bush life monotonous and the conversation boring; thrown on his inner resources, he turned to verse and composed his best-known poem, Convict Once (London, 1871).'

Excerpts from Australian Dictionary of Biography - http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stephens-james-brunton-4642