Museum of Brisbane

The Rigger’s Dream


Sometimes people donate some amazing items to Museum of Brisbane. Our curatorial and collections team came across a poem written in 1938 called The Rigger’s Dream by Fred Strutt. It’s a funny poem about getting drunk at ‘The Empire’ then ending up at the gates of heaven and watching all your mates being turned away by St Peter.  Click on the slideshow below to read the whole poem.

Gift of Noel Axtell, 2014, Museum of Brisbane


empire hotel

The Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, ca. 1934

Photo courtesy of John Oxley Library