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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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Dwell Not With Me

traditional Australian song composer unknown Dwell, not with me, For you’ll never see More than a ’possum or a kangaroo, And now and then a cockatoo. Oh, would you wish, Without a dish, Your scanty meal from a piece of … Read more

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Brisbane Ladies

traditional Australian song composer unknown Bush songs were almost never written down when created. So changes to the songs were bound to happen over the years. To show you an example of this, we’ve also combined two versions of Brisbane … Read more

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