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The Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand, London, where the Anacreontic Society met in the late eighteenth century. Illustration c.1800, courtesy Wikimedia.
Botany Bay Song: Sung at the Anacreontic Society single work   poetry   "You have read of Captain Cook, our late worthy commander,"
First known date: ca. 1790 Issue Details: First known date: 1790 1790
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Notes

  • Broadside, np., nd. [c.1790]

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  • Appears in:
    y Farewell to Judges and Juries : The Broadside Ballads and Convict Transportation to Australia, 1788-1868 Hugh Anderson (editor), Hotham Hill : Red Rooster Press , 2000 Z897572 2000 anthology poetry criticism diary autobiography Verse text (and where accessible tunes) of approximately 140 transportation broadside songs and verses, with extracts from personal stories of convicts as given in letters, diaries, chapbooks, and reminiscences. More than 150 illustrations, including the art work of headpieces and reproduction of drawings and engravings. Introduction surveys books and articles dealing with the broadside industry and with convict transportation. Hotham Hill : Red Rooster Press , 2000 pg. 4

Works about this Work

'Where Sydney Cove Her Lucid Bosom Swells' : The Songs of an Imagined 'Nation', 1786-1789 Nathan Garvey , 2007 single work criticism essay
— Appears in: Literature Compass , March vol. 4 no. 2007;
In the years between the mooting of the Botany Bay scheme (1786), and the news of the founding of the New South Wales penal colony reaching England (1789), a number of songs were written which envisaged the Botany Bay colony as a new 'nation'. While the survival of many of these pieces in broadside ballad form have led to their being placed within the Australian 'transportation ballad' tradition, they were not folk ballads but popular songs which generally used the themes of transportation and the penal colony to make satirical or comic comment on contemporary English politics and society. This article examines the contexts and meanings of these songs, examining their reception, audiences and publishing history, in an effort to question their placement within the Australian ballad tradition, to interrogate the views expressed on nation-building and on the structure of eighteenth-century British society, and to examine the connections between Georgian elite and popular cultures.
'Where Sydney Cove Her Lucid Bosom Swells' : The Songs of an Imagined 'Nation', 1786-1789 Nathan Garvey , 2007 single work criticism essay
— Appears in: Literature Compass , March vol. 4 no. 2007;
In the years between the mooting of the Botany Bay scheme (1786), and the news of the founding of the New South Wales penal colony reaching England (1789), a number of songs were written which envisaged the Botany Bay colony as a new 'nation'. While the survival of many of these pieces in broadside ballad form have led to their being placed within the Australian 'transportation ballad' tradition, they were not folk ballads but popular songs which generally used the themes of transportation and the penal colony to make satirical or comic comment on contemporary English politics and society. This article examines the contexts and meanings of these songs, examining their reception, audiences and publishing history, in an effort to question their placement within the Australian ballad tradition, to interrogate the views expressed on nation-building and on the structure of eighteenth-century British society, and to examine the connections between Georgian elite and popular cultures.
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  • Botany Bay, Botany area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
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