Tumut - A place whose name's a jest!
24 September 1903 The Argus (Melbourne, Vic)
The London "Truth" of August 20 thus versifies on the proposal to make Tumut the federal capital:
Oh, experts! What is this you're at?
Tumut? No! anything but that!
How can a state be ever famed
That has a capital thus named?
How can it gain Ambition's summit
By means of laws proclaimed at Tumut!
Dignity, in such matters vital,
Disowns so commonplace a title:
Sentiment sneers with ostentation
At such a queer denomination:
Fitness and euphony agree
That Tumut should not, must not be!
So, experts, let us pray of you,
Your city searching to renew,
Nor with State attributes invest
A place whose name's a jest!