Shepherding single work   poetry   humour   "Oh, the days when we went shepherding a long time ago"
Issue Details: First known date: 1955-1962 1955-1962
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  • According to the Macquarie Dictionary, a shepherd is a miner who retains a claim without working it.
  • Minor variation between versions.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work refers to 'Asian' people.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Colonial Ballads Hugh Anderson , Hugh Anderson , Ronald G. Edwards (illustrator), Ferntree Gully : Rams Skull Press , 1955 Z943064 1955 anthology poetry A selection of more than eighty Australian ballads, with music and narrative. The 2nd edition contains an index of song titles, a bibliography, an index and the following sections: (I) Street Ballads and the Bush; (II) Singers and Songs of the Goldfields; (II) "The Songs They Used to Sing"; (IV) Stringybark and Greenhide; (V) On the Far Barcoo; (VI) The Balladists; (VII) Folksong in Australia. London Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962 pg. 31-32
  • Appears in:
    y Thatcher's Colonial Songs : Forming a Complete Comic History of the Early Diggings Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1964 Z911377 1964 selected work poetry Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1964 pg. 103-105
    Note: Publisher's note: "New original song, by Thatcher. Air - 'Days we went Gypsying'."
  • Appears in:
    y The Overlander Songbook Ronald George Edwards (editor), Ronald George Edwards (illustrator), Ferntree Gully : Rams Skull Press , 1956 Z856165 1956 anthology poetry prose Adelaide : Rigby Publishers , 1971 pg. 39
    Note: Includes annotations by editor.
  • Appears in:
    y Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times Douglas Stewart (editor), Nancy Keesing (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z389570 1957 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1976 pg. 116-117
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