This work is thought to have been first published in the Worker
[Sydney] on 21 October, 1893. However, as there are currently no Australian library holdings of this issue of the Worker
, this remains to be confirmed. To date, details of the first publication have been tentatively established via a clipping of the work which appears in the Henry Lawson Scrap Books, (ML A1890-A1892). For further information see Paul Eggert, (ed.), While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions
(2013), pg. 189.