The Old Palmer Song single work   poetry   "The wind is fair and free, my boys,"
First known date: 1889 Issue Details: First known date: 1889 1889
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  • Can be sung to the English tune, 'Ten Thousand Miles Away.'

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. 28-29
    Note: Text and music taken from The Native Companion Songster (Brisbane 1889).
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Australian Song Book J. S. Manifold , Ringwood : Penguin , 1964 Z406059 1964 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1964 pg. 38-39
    Note: With musical score.
  • 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. 54-5
    Note: Includes annotations by editor.
  • Appears in:
    y Complete Book of Australian Folk Lore Bill Scott , Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 Z206758 1976 anthology poetry short story prose Sydney : Ure Smith , 1976 pg. 185
  • 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. 94-95
Last amended 5 Dec 2009
  • Palmer, Port Douglas - Cooktown area, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland,
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