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The Stockman

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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I’ve Been Everywhere

by Geoff Mack (1922 – ) The original Australian version was made popular by singer Lucky Starr in 1962. John Grenell (John Hore) recorded a New Zealand version in 1966. Geoff Mack also wrote the later American version with American … Read more

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The Dying Stockman

traditional Australian song composer unknown What the words mean billy ~ a tin can with a wire handle or a pot. To make tea, water was boiled in it and a handful of tea thrown in. tucker bag ~ bag … Read more

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That’s The Way To Spell Woolloomooloo

traditional Australian song composer unknown Woolloomooloo is a harbour-side, inner-city eastern suburb of Sydney, NSW. You might think Woolloomooloo is the longest place name, but it’s not. The longest official single-word place name in Australia is … Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill in … Read more

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Australia’s On The Wallaby

traditional Australian song composer unknown What the words mean “on the wallaby” ~ travel outback as a swaggie or sundowner (tramp and casual workers). “on the wallaby track” and “hump the drum” mean the same thing. billy ~ a tin … Read more

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The Death of Alec Robertson

traditional Australian song composer unknown The jockey’s name is also given as Robinson in some versions of this song, however the real jockey was Alec Robertson. The Australian newspaper, The Queenslander, 21 July 1888 published the following: “A graceful tribute of … Read more

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On The Road To Gundagai

traditional Australian song composer unknown On the Road to Gundagai sung by Slim Dusty On the Road to Gundagaisung by Jack Davidson & His Dandies in 1938 (probably the original version) On the Road to Gundagai sung by James Pegler … Read more

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The Cabbage-Tree Hat

traditional Australian song, composer unknown The cabbage-tree palm (Livistona australis) has cabbage-like leaves which were used by Aboriginals to make their shelters waterproof. Early settlers in Australia copied this and the first Sydney Cove buildings had roofs thatched with cabbage-tree … Read more

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Bold Jack Donahue

traditional Australian song composer unknown The song The Bold Jack Donahue is often confused with The Wild Colonial Boy.  This is understandable since both use the same chorus. In 1825 Jack Donahue arrived in Sydney as a convict from Ireland. Eventually he escaped … Read more

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The Bold Kelly Gang

traditional Australian song composer unknown See also the song The Kelly Gang Trial of Ned Kelly Oh, there’s not a dodge worth knowing Or showing, that’s going, But you’ll learn (this isn’t blowing) From the Bold Kelly Gang. We have … Read more

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