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New Colonial songbook 1865
thought to have been written by Phillip ‘Remos’ Somer a member of Cunningham’s exploration party.

Tune: Bonnie Dundee

Kennedy’s Men

The northernmost part of bonnie Queensland
Is held in possession by stout heart and hand
Twas settled by us who came here and then
We were known in the world as Kennedy men
Through swamps and through scrub over ranges and sand
Dalrymple he led us and here made a stand
Said he this will do for a city I ken
So three cheers for the queen and the Kennedy men

Then we’ll up with our voices and cry out with glee
We are the lords of the bush, we’re happy and free
In future may poets with pride use their pen
On all that is done by Kennedy men.