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Gold

Goldfields ditty

Sent to the Aust Journal 1872 by “A digger at Fiery Creek”
There’s Willie and Charlie and Tommy too
Running about without a show
Picking up nuggets one and two
Because they have nothing better to do

Coolgardie

Coolgardie Coolgardie a wonderful spot
Where the summer is burning and the winter is hot
Where hundreds are suffering in miseries untold
And the only thing is gold gold gold

A LIFE ON THE DIGGINGS FREE

(Tune: A Life On The Rolling Sea)
THE ARMCHAIR MAGAZINE
Published Melbourne and also appears as Armchair Chronicle
1853

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Quoted in ‘Lizard Island’ the life of Mrs Wilson by Jillian Robertson.
The author was recalling her history in the Queensland gold rush era.

Old Palmer Song

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The Burra Burra Mine

(A Song of The Olden Time)
From a SA Newspaper April 1880
Copper mine
BY A BUSHMAN

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The World Is Now Turned Upside-Down

(AIR: OH SUSANNAH)
POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH
WILLIAM WALKER
1984 Sydney
Mitchell Library
Written at the breaking out of the Gold Diggings 1851

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The Land of Gold

AUSTRALIAN MELODIST NO 21
Sung with success everywhere by Will Danvers

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Bill Jinks

AUSTRALIAN MELODIST NO 21
Marcus Clarke

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A rare broadside publisghed by Ryle & Co., Printers, Monmouth Court, Bloomsbury, London. With a note “just come from the Diggings. Oh! Dear!” ³ it can be dated around 1855-65

The ballad makes comment on the highly inflated prices of goods in Sydney during the goldrush era, often ten times the price of the same goods in London.

I’ve Been to Australia-O

Mitchell Library. Document Drawer/Broadside
(Tune: The Old Alarm Clock)

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THE BULLETIN

July 20. 1889
With a note ‘It is said that payable gold has been found in Ireland, and a large number of Irish are expected to flock back to share in the benefits of the discovery :-
This is typical of the satirical comic parodies published anonymously in early magazines.

When Paddy Goes Marching Home

(Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home)

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AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL

Sept 1870
Article on the Victorian goldfields also by Tom Tallfern who is attributed as composer of Tailing a Kangaroo (aka Old Man Kangaroo)

The Plains of Bendigo

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL
Sept 1870

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From the ‘Detective Album’, which was, a series started 1865. One of the characters is quoted singing:

Look Out Below

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL
May, 1876

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It is interesting to speculate why this was quoted. It is a verse from Thatcher’s most popular gold rush song ‘Look Out Below’. The contributor wrote as ‘Waif Wander’ and had been a digger ³ possibly he got the verse direct from Thatcher?