A Nautical Yarn single work   poetry   "I sing of a captain who's well known to fame;"
Note: Edwards cites Ian Mudie as suggesting in Riverboats that 'it is so different from the rest of Goodchild's work that it seems quite likely that he heard it on the riverboats or in the pubs of Echuca and ... wrote it down as his own'.
Issue Details: First known date: 1956-1971 1956-1971
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  • 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. 282
    Note: First line: 'I sing of a capting not unknown to fame,'. Includes annotations by editor.
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    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. 187
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    y A Collection of Australian Bush Verse Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 Z91384 1989 anthology poetry Castle Hill : Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 pg. 108
    Note: First line: 'I sing of a capting not unknown to fame,'.
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    y An Australian Treasury of Popular Verse Jim Haynes (editor), Sydney : ABC Books , 2002 Z985597 2002 anthology poetry Sydney : ABC Books , 2002 pg. 29
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    y The Best Australian Yarns : And Other True Stories Jim Haynes , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6695586 2013 selected work prose

    'Best Australian Yarns is a substantial and definitive collection of factual and fanciful Aussie stories, humour and anecdotes–the result of decades of researching popular Aussie culture and history and yarning to mates and other colourful characters from all parts of Australia and all walks of life.

    'This collection includes tall stories from the bush, reminiscences from the racetrack and shearing shed, railway yarns, stories from the world of show business, Aboriginal legends and humour, digger yarns from both world wars, ghost stories, monsters, bunyips and yowies... and many things you never knew about our amazing history and the characters who made it–the pioneers, heroes, convicts, bushrangers, eccentrics and brave and forgotten men and women whose fascinating lives and achievements created the Aussie spirit that we all love.

    'While the stories range from poignant to hilarious, many simply describe unusual coincidences, strange occurrences or simple everyday humorous events with a refreshing understatement that vividly evokes a vanishing Australia where looking for a good laugh was a key component of a cheekier national character and a simpler lifestyle.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013
    pg. 226
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