REMEMBER EMMA MILLER
She was a tiny Sheila, Mrs Miller,
Yet fought her whole life for the Rights
Of Man and of course the female folk too.
Not shy to stand up for a womans sufferage
To cast a vote, and live a life safe and secure
Her humanism and solidarity to the Labor cause
Against the greed and might of treacherous
Capitalists remains true to this day.
Emma was firm in her mission of a better life
For the battlers, the women and children who
Were paupers on less than a minimum wage,
Who could ill afford a loaf of bread
After paying the rent in rat infested squalor
On the flood-traps of the Brisbane river.
Her weapon was to use her intelligence, but
When push came to shove, she drew out
Her hat-pin and stuck it in the Commissioners horse
Who barred her way to petition the Premier that day.
The powers that be took a fall, but not before
They’d trounced on the right to march
In city streets, shouting, Cop that!
Swinging and swooping down on the masses
With their batons.
1900 seems so long ago but the message of Emma Miller
Is clear – Not to lay idle when there’s people suffering
The tyranny of bullies and bastards
Who use their power and money to entrench inequality.
There was no way that the ‘Grand Old Lady’ was
Inferior as she took on the hierachy!
True and loyal to the cause, she was a giant amongst women
And men, even though she was only 4ft 10inch tall!
She travelled and inspired from Toowoomba to Charleville
In a carriage, organising campaigns and
Events like no other, so we must remember and
Honour the lady who led the struggle up the steps
To Legislative chambers.
(C)copyright Julie McNeill 2006