MRS D CLARKE


MRS D CLARKE

Bankstown

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After an ABC broadcast Mrs Clarke contacted me to say she had a very old song that thought I might be interested in hearing. The song is an old song that was in circulation in the 1860s goldrush period. A sentimental tear-jerker. I included it on ‘Man Of The Earth’ recording.

Further research has shown that this song was written by George Le Brunn and Walter Hastings around 1890. The song refers to an old English custom of taking a small caged bird down into the mine – it was used as a precaution for ‘bad air’ and if the bird expired the miners would leave the mine – fast.

The Song of the Thrush

Song of the Thrush
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on the National Library of Australia site.

 

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The next song was written by Will Godwin and Leo Dryden and was a popular music hall hit. It is dated around 1890 and has specific Australian references. The State library of Victoria has a postcard based on this song. It shows a Cornish pasty titled ‘The Miner’s Dream of Home’.

The Miner’s Dream of Home

The Miner's Dream of Home
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on the National Library of Australia site.

 

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The Mines of Australia

 

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