The struggle quickly became the stuff of myth and legend, not only for the marrngu but for many sympathetic whites, as Western Australian Communist Party member Joan Williams later recalled. Shortly after travelling to the Pilbara to see the strike for herself, the writer Dorothy Hewett was so taken by what she saw that she wanted to write a book about the strike. Instead, she penned what became a famous poem.
Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod Poem
Dorothy Hewett, Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod (1946), Dorothy Hewett, Collected Poems, 1940-1995, edited by William Grono, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, 1995, pp. 40-42.