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THE AUSTRALIAN GOLD DIGGER’S MONTHLY

059/124

1852/3

Published in Melbourne by James Bonwick.
Songster size.

Toasts and songs followed. Among the latter was the following:

In every clime, it aye has been a Briton’s proudest boast,
To have his Christmas pudding and his fine old English roast;

Then why should we, on Turin’s stream, like soulless churls, forbear?
To keep the good old custom up, and have our Christmas fare?

Though ‘neath no season’s rarities our rough-made table bends,
We care not, since within this bower, we see but hearty friends,

Nor envy we the formal feast ñ each man precisely dressed ñ
Our shirts of scarlet suit us well as white cravats and vest.

Settler’s Lament

Mitchell library, Sydney, complete text.

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Southern Cross

Fragment

From Southern Lights and Shadows by Frank Fowler 1859.
He claimed it was a bullocky toast
sung by the anti dray and land tax law league of SA

Olle heigh Ho
Blow your horns blow
Blow the Southern Cross down if you will

But on you must go
Where fresh gullies flow
And the thirsty crane wets his red bill

From Robyn Ridley 1970 who said her mother sang this ditty.

Hill End

The flies crawled up the window

That’s all they had to do
They went up by the thousands
And came down two by two
The flies crawled up the window
They said they loved to roam

Once more up the window
And then we’ll all go home.

THE EMIGRANT’S MANUAL

EDINBURGH 1852

‘In NSW, as in other Australian colonies, crown land is now sold at not less than 20s an acre.’

Excursions & Adventures in NSW

Capt Henderson 78th Highlanders
London Vole 1 & 2

1854
DSM/981/37B Vols. 1 & 2

Being a Guide to Emigrants

On the ship Fortune from Scotland to Sydney.

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Don’t Go To The Bush Of Australia

(The King of The Cannibal Isle)

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The above song has been recorded in Paterson’s ‘Old Bush Songs’ and Stewart & Keesing offer another, supposedly from 1857, however this possibly is the original. That said, Henderson’s notes, though very reliable in other situations, is still slightly ambiguous in as far as his actual authorship of the song. It should also be noted that Surgeon Goodwin, whose version appears in Stewart and Keesing could also be considered as the original especially since he was resident in Sydney first. Whatever the case both versisons are very different.

Practical Hints for Emigrants

Songster size. John Willcox
Liverpool. 1858
980.1/89A1

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Rambles & Observations in New South Wales

Joseph Townsend
London 1848
981/39A

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THE NEW CHUM IN AUSTRALIA

Percy Clarke
London 1886
DSM980.1/c

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Melodies of the People appeared in Heads Of The People Magazine and was a series of songs sharing the frustration of new settlers on the land. Sometimes witty and sometimes showing the frustration those pioneer farmers must have experienced.

The Settler Settled

HEADS OF THE PEOPLE
Magazine 1848

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The Squatter Done Brown

HEADS OF THE PEOPLE
Magazine 1848

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This is typical of a group of emigration songs where the English or Irish new chum is confounded by bush life. I have not been able to work out the meaning of the chorus where the blame is laid on the agent ñ I am assuming it is either an emigration agent or a shipping agent. Maybe it was an employment agent who sent him out bush?

Paddy Malone

Australian Melodist Songster

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THE GOLDEN COLONIES

Earp G B

1852
DSM/980.1/E

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AUSTRALIAN EMIGRANT’S COMPLETE GUIDE

S BUTLER
1849

84/557 Dixson

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Land speculation was almost a disease as emigrants moved across the country looking to buy land with government incentive programs. Journalist Clarke obviously took a dim view of some of the speculators selling the land.

Speculation

Written by Marcus Clarke, Esq.
(Air: Moet & Chandon)

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This next item concerns itself with opposition to the churches missionary zeal and their stance on the Maori Wars.

The Missionaries’ Mull

COLONIAL SOCIETY MAGAZINE
Jan 21st 1868
(Tune: Guy Fawkes)

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Tarara (land) Boom Decay

Pat Finn

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HANDWRITTEN SONGBOOK BY DAVID MCLEOD

Dated 1855
D7505 misc.

Most of the songs in this collection are parlour-type songs.

This following item is found in Ireland, Scotland and America. It has been suggested the tune is as old as 1650 and was originally used as a fife tune. Another has it from Queen Elizabeth the First’s era when it was used to pipe ships from and into the harbour. The tune has been collected in Australia several times and was popular as a dance melody. There exist several verses and variants of the song itself.

The Girl I Left Behind

(Tune: the Girl I Left Behind Me)

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THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY HERALD

Aug 1877
Edited George Loyau. Published Adelaide

SLSA

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Includes the song….

Homeward Bound

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