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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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Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo

AUSTRALIAN SONGS traditional Australian song composer unknown A Jackaroo is a young man who works on a station for the experience much like an apprentice. He was considered of lower social status to the men he worked with and so … Read more

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Lambing Down

traditional Australian song composer unknown Lambing down has nothing to do with sheep or lambs. Lambing down was the practice of taking your entire pay (cheque) for the season and giving it to the the barmaid (or publican). They would … Read more

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The  Kelly Gang

traditional Australian song composer unknown This song is also known as Kelly’s Byrne and Hart. See also the song The Bold Kelly Gang   Sung to the tune Wearing of the Green Trial of Ned Kelly It was in November, seventy-eight, when the … Read more

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