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The Australian Stockman

traditional Australian song composer unknown What the words mean Goburra ~ an old form of the word kookaburra which is an Australian bird See also  Stockman’s Last Bed The Stockman • Dying Stockman The sun peers o’er you wooded ridge … Read more

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Number One Singles in the 1980s

The highest selling singles in Australian as ranked on the Australian Singles Chart during the 1980s are listed below. See also 2000 Singles     1990s Singles     1980s Singles     1970s Singles     1960s Singles   … Read more

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Billy Barlow In Australia

Billy Barlow in Australia was printed along with the following notice in the newspaper “The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser” on Saturday, 24 December 1892 in NSW. “AN ORIGINAL SONG BY A GENTLEMAN OF MAITLAND Tho following verses … Read more

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Wallabi Joe

traditional Australian song, composer unknown Sung to the tune The Mistletoe Bough. What the words mean schist ~ rock that splits easily into flakes or slabs The saddle was hung on the stockyard rail, And the poor old horse stood … Read more

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The Freehold On The Plain

traditional Australian song composer unknown Sung to the tune The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane. What the words mean Squatter ~ a grazier or station (ranch) owner especially with a large landholding. Today squatter means a person illegally occupying … Read more

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Wallaby Stew

Written by Cecil Poole First published in the Bulletinin 1897. Also known by the titles Stir the Wallaby Stew and  When Dad Comes Out of Gaol. What the words mean fluke ~ sheep liver fluke (fasciola hepatica) is a parasitic flatworm that … Read more

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The Brewer’s Glee

traditional Australian song composer unknown During the early colonial days, a variety of ingredients were added to beer to make it cheaper to produce. Alteration of beer was also done in England and the USA, although it was unlawful to … Read more

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The Old Bark Hut

traditional Aussie song composer unknown What the words mean billy ~ a tin can with a wire handle or a pot. To make tea, boil the water and throw in a handful of tea. Oh, my name is Bob the … Read more

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The Shepherd

AUSTRALIAN SONGS traditional Australian song composer unknown Sung to the tune She Wore a Wreath of Roses. What the words mean “cabbage-tree concealed his locks of jet” ~ the settler wore a cabbage-tree hat to cover his black hair. shout … Read more

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Alec Robinson

traditional Australian song composer unknown The real name of the jockey was Alec Robertson, not Robinson. The Australian newspaper, The Queenslander, 21 July 1888 published the following: “A graceful tribute of respect (says the Sydney Mail) has been paid to the … Read more

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