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Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1964 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Jim Jones at Botany Bayi"O listen for a moment, lads, and hear me tell my tale,", 1907 single work poetry Jim Jones (p. 3)
Note: With title: 'Jim Jones'
Botany Bayi"Farewell to old England for ever,", 1885 single work poetry Botany Bay I (p. 4)
The Convict's Arrivali"I am a native of the land of Erin, and lately banished from that lovely shore;", Francis MacNamara , 1899 single work poetry The Convict's Lament on the Death of Captain Logan (p. 5-6)
The Waterwitchi"In a neat little packet from Hobart set sail", 1964 single work lyric/song (p. 6-7)
Settler's Lamenti"All you on emigration bent,", 1851 single work poetry The Beautiful Land of Australia (p. 7-9)
The Old Bullock Drayi"Oh! the shearing is all over, and the wool is coming down,", 1894 single work poetry (p. 9-11)
The Old Keg of Rumi"My name is old Jack Palmer, and I once dug for gold,", 1957-1964 single work poetry (p. 12-14)
The Old Bark Huti"Oh, my name is Bob the swagman, and I'll have you understand", Anonymous , 1888 single work poetry (p. 14-17)
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. 18-19)
Brave Donahuei"A life that is free as the bandits' of old,", 1957-1964 single work poetry (p. 19-20)
Look Out Below!i"A young man left his native shores,", Charles Thatcher , 1897 single work poetry (p. 20-21)
The Broken-Down Diggeri"I've worked on the Nine-Mile, likewise on the River,", 1957-1964 single work poetry (p. 22)
The Golden Gullies of the Palmeri"Then roll the swag and blanket up, and let us haste away,", 1956-1964 single work poetry (p. 22-23)
The Broken-Down Squatteri"Come, Stumpy, old man, we must shift while we can;", 'Anthos' , 1894 single work poetry (p. 23-24)
The Eumeralla Shorei"There's a happy little valley on the Eumeralla shore,", 1861 single work poetry (p. 24-26)
Note: With title: The Numerella Shore
Cockies of Bungareei"Come all you jolly travellers that's out of work, just mind", 1957-1964 single work poetry (p. 26-27)
The Overlanderi"There's a trade you all know well -", 1894 single work poetry (p. 27-29)
Down Where the Coolibahs Growi"A strapping young stockman lay dying,", Horace A. Flower , 1885 single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Note: With title: The Dying Stockman
Bullocky Billi"As I came down Talbingo Hill", 1957-1964 single work poetry humour (p. 30)
Click Go the Shears : An Australian Balladi"Out on the board the old shearer stands", 1954 single work poetry (p. 31-32)
Note: With title: Click Go the Shears, Boys

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1964 .
      Extent: xliii, 313 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Partial contents indexed. Remainder pending.
      Series: y Poetry in Australia Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z1288874 1964 series - publisher Comprises an anthology in two volumes which 'gives a picture of the best Australian poetry from its beginnings to the present day' (dust jacket). Vol. 1 covers the period 1788-1930; Vol. 2 1931-1964. Number in series: 1
    • Berkeley, California,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      University of California Press , 1965 .
      Extent: xliii, 313 p.p.
      Series: y Poetry in Australia Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z1288874 1964 series - publisher Comprises an anthology in two volumes which 'gives a picture of the best Australian poetry from its beginnings to the present day' (dust jacket). Vol. 1 covers the period 1788-1930; Vol. 2 1931-1964. Number in series: 1

Works about this Work

Beginnings... Herbert C. Jaffa , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 2 no. 2 1988; (p. 117-118)
Untitled R. Dana , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , vol. 110 no. 1967; (p. 49-51)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled Poetry in Australia Noel Stock , 1966 single work review criticism
— Appears in: The Hudson Review , Spring vol. 19 no. 1 1966; (p. 161-166) A Call to Order : essays and reviews, 1954-1974 1976; (p. 50-54)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Cooee Leonard R. Burrows , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , August no. 2 1965; (p. 45-49)

— Review of Captain Quiros : A Poem James McAuley 1964 single work poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry ; Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry
Poetry and Landscape 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 16 September 1965; (p. 802)

— Review of Australian Poetry 1964 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Stars and Stripes for Our Poets Douglas Stewart , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 November 1965; (p. 20)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Out of the Oldest Continent Herbert C. Jaffa , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Kenyon Review , vol. 27 no. 1965; (p. 547-554)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Two for the Seesaw Evan Jones , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Prospect , vol. 7 no. 2 1964; (p. 27-28)

— Review of In Light and Darkness Chris Wallace-Crabbe 1963 selected work poetry ; Poems [Volume 1] Gwen Harwood 1963 selected work poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry ; Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry
Two Poetry Anthologies Dorothy Green , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , September vol. 23 no. 3 1964; (p. 327-329)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Poetry in Australia Leonie Kramer , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 4 1964; (p. 242-244)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled J. M. Couper , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Magazine , no. 3 1964; (p. 27-30)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled E. R. (fl. 1964) , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Education Gazette , no. 10 1964; (p. 513)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Growing Pains R. A. Simpson , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 July vol. 86 no. 4402 1964; (p. 50)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Two for the Seesaw Evan Jones , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Prospect , vol. 7 no. 2 1964; (p. 27-28)

— Review of In Light and Darkness Chris Wallace-Crabbe 1963 selected work poetry ; Poems [Volume 1] Gwen Harwood 1963 selected work poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry ; Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry
Cooee Leonard R. Burrows , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , August no. 2 1965; (p. 45-49)

— Review of Captain Quiros : A Poem James McAuley 1964 single work poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry ; Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry
Poetry and Landscape 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 16 September 1965; (p. 802)

— Review of Australian Poetry 1964 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Two Poetry Anthologies Dorothy Green , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , September vol. 23 no. 3 1964; (p. 327-329)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Poetry in Australia Leonie Kramer , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 4 1964; (p. 242-244)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Stars and Stripes for Our Poets Douglas Stewart , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 November 1965; (p. 20)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled Poetry in Australia Noel Stock , 1966 single work review criticism
— Appears in: The Hudson Review , Spring vol. 19 no. 1 1966; (p. 161-166) A Call to Order : essays and reviews, 1954-1974 1976; (p. 50-54)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled R. Dana , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , vol. 110 no. 1967; (p. 49-51)

— Review of Modern Australian Verse 1964 anthology poetry ; From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled J. M. Couper , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Magazine , no. 3 1964; (p. 27-30)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Untitled E. R. (fl. 1964) , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Education Gazette , no. 10 1964; (p. 513)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Growing Pains R. A. Simpson , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 July vol. 86 no. 4402 1964; (p. 50)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Out of the Oldest Continent Herbert C. Jaffa , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Kenyon Review , vol. 27 no. 1965; (p. 547-554)

— Review of From the Ballads to Brennan 1964 anthology poetry
Beginnings... Herbert C. Jaffa , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 2 no. 2 1988; (p. 117-118)
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