C. J. Dennis character jug produced by Bendigo Pottery in Epsom, Australia, in a 1976 limited edition of 1,200. Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis (1876 - 1938) was an Australian poet and journalist known for his best-selling verse novel The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke (1915). Alongside his contemporaries and occasional collaborators, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, Dennis helped popularise Australian slang in literature, earning him the title 'the laureate of the larrikin'. When Dennis died, Australia's then Prime Minister Joseph Lyons said he was destined to be remembered as the 'Australian Robert Burns'. The jug was issued on the centenary of Dennis birth and the handle of the jug features Dennis' sentimental bloke Bill.