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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Supple, Gerald Henry

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Supple, Gerald Henry, poet and journalist, took part as a young man in the '48 movement in Ireland, and was a member of the Irish Confederation. He contributed some stirring poems to the Nation when under the editorship of Sir Charles Gavan Duffy. Four of them—"Sir Morrogh's Ride," "The Raid of Fitzmaurice," "The Sally from Salerno," and "Columbus"—are included in "The Ballads of Ireland" collected by Edmund Hayes. "Columbus" is a very striking and sonorous poem, resembling in many respects "The Dream of Dampier," which in after-years he contributed to the Melbourne Review, and by which he is best known in the colonies. In Melbourne, to which he emigrated about thirty years ago, Mr. Supple practised at the Bar and contributed articles to the Melbourne Age, Australasian, and other journals. He is now resident in Auckland, N.Z.