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Song & Poem Competition

Continuing a long tradition, the RTBU Award for Poets and Songwriters is running again in 2009



From convict days when human power was used to propel railway carriages at Port Arthur, to early steam rail openings, through two depressions, a general strike, two world wars and changing technologies, Australian railway workers and passengers have endured the good and the bad.

While doing so, they have often reflected upon the times with music, songs, poems, tall stories and other art forms.

We are looking for original music, songs, poems and other art forms to help portray life on Australian railways today.

Topics could range from working conditions to emissions reduction, infrastructure, fast trains and the advantage of general public railways services over the car.

Issued and authorised by Greg Harvey on behalf of the Rail Tram and Bus Industry Union, 83-89 Renwick St, Redfern, 2016. 

Looking for some inspiration?  Click the arrowhead on the little player icon under the red heading at the Railwaysongs.Blogspot

The winning entrant stands to win $1000 and the opportunity for their work to be publicised through the RTBU and associated organisations.

Closing date for entries is Friday 4th September 2009.

Download the Competition Rules and Entry Form

For entry form and rules, call (02) 9310 3966; email theworker@rtbu-nat.asn.au; or go to

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