Joy located three Billy Barlow song references in New Zealand newspaper archives but, to date, no verses. (reference

Black Billy Barlow
Billy Barlow’s Dream
New Billy Barlow

In an email 2008 Joy mentioned a Mr Harry Jackson — 1857.  Jackson seems to have run a pub in Dunedin and he played the Billy Barlow character and sang topical versions of his song.  Here’s Jackson using topical references about a local election:

Tom Murphy he says, having silenced these brawlers
Carbuncle Jack is surrounded by crawlers
Oh dear me it’s sad and a terrible go
I’ll lend him a — trap says Billy Barlow.

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Let’s keep Billy Barlow spinning!

– Warren Fahey 2008