* Contents derived from the South Yarra,South Yarra - Glen Iris area,Melbourne - Inner South,Melbourne,Victoria,:Currey O'Neil,1982 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
According to Colin Roderick, the poem was inspired by shearing disputes in Western Queensland and written for William Lane, at this time editor of the Brisbane Worker. Several versions of the poem exist.
Bill Anderson, a rough-spoken larrikin, visits Jones's Alley to tell eleven-year-old Arvie Aspinall that he will lose his job if he doesn't turn up at work at Grinder Brothers. When he learns Arvie died the night before he shows another side to his character.