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Issue Details: First known date: 1956 1956
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Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby Publishers , 1971 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Iron Gang, Ronald George Edwards , 1956-1971 single work prose (p. 1)
Van Diemen's Landi"Come all you gallant poachers that ramble free from care,", 1956-1964 single work poetry (p. 1-2)
Note: With title: Van Diemen's Land. Includes annotations by editor.
Moreton Bayi"One Sunday morning as I went walking, by Brisbane waters I chanced to stray;", 1956-1964 single work poetry (p. 2-3)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
Jim Jones at Botany Bayi"O listen for a moment, lads, and hear me tell my tale,", 1907 single work poetry Jim Jones (p. 4)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Black Velvet Bandi"Her eyes they shone like the diamonds,", 1956-1967 single work poetry (p. 7-8)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Exile of Erin, On the Plains of Emui"O! Farewell, my country - my kindred - my lover;", John McGarvie , 1829 single work poetry (p. 8-9)
Note: With title: The Exile of Erin. First line: 'O, farewell my country, my kindred, my lover,'. Includes annotations by editor.
Botany Bayi"Farewell to old England for ever,", 1885 single work poetry Botany Bay I (p. 10-11)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
Botany Bay IIi"Come all you men of learning,", 1955-1962 single work poetry (p. 12-13)
Note: With title: Botany Bay 2. First line: 'Come all young men of learning, a warning take by me,'. Includes annotations by editor.
Botany Bay, a New Songi"Let us drink a good health to our schemers above,", 1790 single work poetry (p. 13-14)
Note: With title: Botany Bay 3. Includes annotations by editor.
Botany Bay 4i"I'm leaving the shores of old England,", 1956-1971 single work poetry (p. 15)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Ballad of 'The Catalpa'i"A noble whale-ship and commander", 1956-1957 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Note: With title: The Catalpa. First line: 'She was a Yankee whaleship,'. Includes annotations by editor.
Bold Jack Donahoei"'Twas of a valiant highwayman and outlaw of disdain", 1956-1964 single work poetry (p. 18-19)
The Wild Colonial Boyi"'Tis of a wild Colonial boy, Jack Doolan was his name", 1905 single work poetry

'The Wild Colonial Boy' is a traditional Irish/Australian ballad of which there are many different versions. It has been argued that the original version was really about Jack Donahoe (variously spelled Donahoo or Donahue), an Irish transport who arrived at Sydney Cove in 1825, and was subsequently convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to death. He escaped and waged a guerrilla war against the wealthy for more than two years in the country around Sydney. On September 1st 1830 he was ambushed by a police party near Cambelltown and shot dead, his companions Webber and Warmsley escaping into the bush. This version was eventually outlawed as seditious so the name of the protagonist changed.

The resulting Irish version is about a young emigrant, named Jack Duggan, who left the town of Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland, for Australia in the 1800s. According to the song (and in keeping with the true story of Jack Donahoe), he spent his time there 'robbing from the rich to feed the poor'. In the song, the protagonist is fatally wounded in an ambush when his heart is pierced by the bullet of Fitzroy.

The Australian version has Jack Doolan (or sometimes Jack Dowling) as the protagonist, and here Castlemaine refers to the Australian town in Victoria. In both versions variation in the wording and language occurs across different sources.

In his Old Bush Songs, Banjo Patterson wrote: "it will be noticed that the same chorus is sung to both 'The Wild Colonial Boy' and 'Bold Jack Donahoo'. Several versions of both songs were sent in, but the same chorus was always made to do duty for both songs." This chorus, included in some (not all) Australian versions is as follows:


Come, all my hearties,

we'll roam the mountains high,

Together we will plunder,

together we will die.

We'll wander over valleys,

and gallop over plains,

And we'll scorn to live in

slavery, bound down with iron chains.

(p. 20-1)
Note: Includes annotations by editor. With title: Wild Colonial Boy 1. First line: 'There was a wild colonial, Jack Doolan was his name,'.
The Wild Colonial Boy 2i"There was a wild colonial boy, Tom Dowling was his name,", 1956-1971 single work poetry (p. 21)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Wild Colonial Boy 3i"There was a wild colonial boy, Jack Duggan was his name,", 1956-1971 single work poetry (p. 22-3)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Wild Colonial Boy 4i"'Tis of a wild colonial boy, Jim Doolin was his name,", 1956-1971 single work poetry (p. 23-4)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
The Wild Colonial Boy 6i"There was a wild colonial boy, John Doolin was his name", 1956-1971 single work poetry (p. 25)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.
John Gilbert was a Bushrangeri"John Gilbert was a bushranger", 1905 single work poetry (p. 26-7)
Note: With title: John Gilbert. Includes annotations by editor.
Frank Gardineri"Oh Frank Gardiner is caught at last and lies in Sydney jail,", 1932-1933 single work poetry (p. 27-8)
Note: First line: 'Oh, Frank Gardiner he is caught at last he lies in Sydney jail,'. Includes annotations by editor.
Bushranger Jack Poweri"On the eighth day of August in the year sixty-nine", 1955-1962 single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Note: Includes annotations by editor.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby Publishers , 1971 .
      Extent: 303p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Description: illus. (b & w)
      Note/s:
      • Includes: musical scores; annotations by Ron Edwards.
      • Editor's note: 'It is now fifteen years since the first edition of The Overlander Songbook was published.... Since that time I have been slowly correcting and enlarging to the stage where it can almost be regarded as a completely new book, with almost four times as many songs as the original edition.... June, 1969. Further revised October 1970.'

        Publisher's note: This revised volume combines the contents of The Overlander Songbook (58 songs) Folksong and Ballad (15 songs) A Quartpot of Songs (17 songs) Humping Old Bluey (19 songs) and To the North (18 songs) together with an additional 93 songs.

      • Contents indexed selectively.
      ISBN: 0851793002

Works about this Work

Across the Western Plains Hugh Anderson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 120 1990; (p. 89-90)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 June 1982; (p. 15)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled L. Curtin , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 April 1972; (p. 22)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled B. Elliott , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 February 1972; (p. 26)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Oscar Mendelsohn , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 27 May 1972; (p. 15)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled D. Stewart , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Australian , 9 April 1972; (p. 25)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
The Overlander Songbook John Meredith , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 February vol. 78 no. 4019 1957; (p. 2)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Robert Ward , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 February 1957; (p. 16)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
The Overlander Songbook John Meredith , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 February vol. 78 no. 4019 1957; (p. 2)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Robert Ward , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 February 1957; (p. 16)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled L. Curtin , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 April 1972; (p. 22)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled B. Elliott , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 February 1972; (p. 26)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Oscar Mendelsohn , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 27 May 1972; (p. 15)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled D. Stewart , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Australian , 9 April 1972; (p. 25)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Untitled Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 June 1982; (p. 15)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Across the Western Plains Hugh Anderson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 120 1990; (p. 89-90)

— Review of The Overlander Songbook 1956 anthology poetry prose
Last amended 10 Aug 2009 15:07:07
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