This poem was first published in the Empire on 2 November, 1861 titled 'The Cattle Hunters'. Three days later it appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald titled 'The Song of the Cattle Hunters'. This is the title which appears in Poems and Songs, and in later publications. Kendall subsequently made a number of textual changes to the 1861 Empire and Sydney Morning Herald version of the poem. These also appear in Poems and Songs, and in later publications.