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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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The Three Drovers

AUSTRALIAN SONGS Lyrics by John Wheeler, music by William G. James 1948 See The Three Drovers on Drovers herded sheep and cattle across Australia. A drover’s life was often romanticised by Australian writers as in this song. Across the plains … Read more

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Fighting Hard

by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) Henry Lawson is considered by many as Australia’s poet of the people. His difficulties in life shaped his writings and helped him become an inspiration. More Songs by Lawson My Army, O, My Army Old Stockman’s … Read more

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The Route March

by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) Henry Lawson is considered by many as Australia’s poet of the people. His difficulties in life shaped his writings and helped him become an inspiration. More Songs by Lawson Fighting Hard My Army, O, My Army … Read more

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My Mate Bill

traditional Australian song composer unknown Stockmen and drovers, known as ‘overlanders’, took pride in the work they did. It took skill to drive cattle and sheep in search of water and good pasture. This pride and desire for the rugged … Read more

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The Maranoa Drovers

traditional Australian song composer unknown Sung to the tune Little Sally Waters. What the words mean coolibah ~ a species of gum or eucalyptus tree abundant along river banks Gunnedah ~ town in north-western New South Wales Barwon ~ river … Read more

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English Imitations

traditional Australian song composer unknown What the words mean squatter ~ a grazier or station (ranch) owner especially with a large landholding. Today squatter means a person illegally occupying a property. bushranger ~ outlaw in colonial days who made the … Read more

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The Old Survey

traditional Australian song composer unknown What the words mean Theodolite ~ precision instrument for measuring angles. It’s mainly used for surveying Our money’s all spent, to the deuce went it! The landlord, he looks glum, On the tap-room wall, in … Read more

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Song Of The Squatter

by the Hon. Robert Lowe (later Viscount Sherbrooke), while living in NSW What the words mean squatter ~ a grazier or station (ranch) owner especially with a large landholding. Today the word squatter has an entirely different meaning: a person … Read more

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