Labour History & Unionism The Gum Tree Wih Six Branches
Sung at the Tivoli Music Hall about 1910
words are attributed to Walter P. Keen
music by Joe Salter
Tune: Australia’s On The Wallaby
SITE SOURCE: Labour History
sung by Warren Fahey
The Gum Tree Wih Six Branches
I roamed the bush one summer’s eve, while wattle trees were blooming
And aided by the Myall wood, in a land so sweet perfuming,
At sunset, feeling tired, I slept beneath the bowers,
And as I dreamt a spirit arose, from out of the flowers,
The spirit of Australia, was what it said to me
Oh son of mine I’ll show to you your magic native tree.
One branch is called Victoria and one is New South Wales,
Then South and West Australia, each gallantly prevails.
With Queensland and Tasmania, dll rich in mines and ranches,
That’s federal Australia, the gumtree with six branches.
The spirit said: ‘In that tree, there’s untold wealth awaiting,
The labour of her children, so why be hesitating,
The task is not beyond you, each healthy son and daughter,
But chiefly you must always—supply that tree with water.
Then she will freely yield the things that you require,
And to its independence your nation will aspire.’
The spirit said: Then rest not, till your task it is completed,
Tis only curs who tell you in childhood they’re defeated,
That tree is only growing but she will bloom tomorrow,
For you can’t raise a nation without a little sorrow.
Then may each branch united dispel all jealousy,
Advance as one Australia—upon that magic tree.