Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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* Contents derived from the Seven Hills, Blacktown area, Sydney Outer West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Little Hills Press , 2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Sick Stockrideri"Hold hard, Ned! lift me down once more, and lay me in the shade,", Adam Lindsay Gordon , 1869 single work poetry The Sick Stock-Rider (p. 14-16)
The Great Australian Adjectivei"The sunburnt -- stockman stood,", W. T. Goodge , 1897 single work poetry (p. 17)
McCarthy's Brew : A Gulf Country Yarni"The teams of Black McCarthy crawled adown the Norman road,", George Essex Evans , 1894 single work poetry humour (p. 18-19)
Who's Riding Old Harlequin Now?i"They are mustering cattle on Brigalow Vale,", Breaker Morant , 1897 single work poetry (p. 20-22)
The Geebung Polo Clubi"It was somewhere up the country, in a land of rock and scrub,", A. B. Paterson , 1893 single work poetry humour (p. 23-24)
Mulga Bill's Bicyclei"`TWAS Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze", A. B. Paterson , 1896 single work poetry humour (p. 25-26)
A Bush Christeningi"On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few", A. B. Paterson , 1893 single work poetry humour (p. 27-28)
The Man from Snowy Riveri"There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around", A. B. Paterson , 1890 single work poetry (p. 29-32)
Said Hanrahani"'We'll all be rooned,' said Hanrahan,", 'John O'Brien' , 1921 single work poetry humour (p. 33-35)
Clancy of the Overflowi"I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better", A. B. Paterson , 1889 single work poetry (p. 38-39)
The Old Australian Waysi"The London lights are far abeam", A. B. Paterson , 1902 single work poetry (p. 40-42)
The Song of Old Joe Swallowi"When I was up the country in the rough and early days,", Henry Lawson , 1890 single work poetry humour (p. 43-45)
Progressi"They've builded wooden timber tracks,", Furnley Maurice , 1918 single work poetry (p. 46)
Note: With title: 'They've Builded...'
Echoes of Wheels and Singing Lashesi"Echoes of wheels and singing lashes", Furnley Maurice , 1976 single work poetry (p. 47-48)
Note: With title: 'Echoes of Wheels...'
Returni"The ruthless bush is grown along the track,", E. , 1942 single work poetry (p. 49)
Jim Jones at Botany Bayi"O listen for a moment, lads, and hear me tell my tale,", 1907 single work poetry Jim Jones (p. 52)
The Convict's Arrivali"I am a native of the land of Erin, and lately banished from that lovely shore;", Francis MacNamara , 1899 single work poetry The Convict's Lament on the Death of Captain Logan (p. 53-54)
Note: Attributed to 'Anonymous'.
Colonial Experiencei"When first I came to Sydney Cove", 1957-1976 single work poetry (p. 55-56)
No. I : Australian Courtshipi"The Currency Lads may fill their glasses", 'Juvenal' (fl. 1832) , 1832 single work poetry Botany Bay Courtship The Lass in the Female Factory (p. 57-58)
Note: With title: Botany Bay Courtship
The Wild Colonial Boyi"'Tis of a wild Colonial boy, Jack Doolan was his name", 1905 single work poetry

'The Wild Colonial Boy' is a traditional Irish/Australian ballad of which there are many different versions. It has been argued that the original version was really about Jack Donahoe (variously spelled Donahoo or Donahue), an Irish transport who arrived at Sydney Cove in 1825, and was subsequently convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to death. He escaped and waged a guerrilla war against the wealthy for more than two years in the country around Sydney. On September 1st 1830 he was ambushed by a police party near Cambelltown and shot dead, his companions Webber and Warmsley escaping into the bush. This version was eventually outlawed as seditious so the name of the protagonist changed.

The resulting Irish version is about a young emigrant, named Jack Duggan, who left the town of Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland, for Australia in the 1800s. According to the song (and in keeping with the true story of Jack Donahoe), he spent his time there 'robbing from the rich to feed the poor'. In the song, the protagonist is fatally wounded in an ambush when his heart is pierced by the bullet of Fitzroy.

The Australian version has Jack Doolan (or sometimes Jack Dowling) as the protagonist, and here Castlemaine refers to the Australian town in Victoria. In both versions variation in the wording and language occurs across different sources.

In his Old Bush Songs, Banjo Patterson wrote: "it will be noticed that the same chorus is sung to both 'The Wild Colonial Boy' and 'Bold Jack Donahoo'. Several versions of both songs were sent in, but the same chorus was always made to do duty for both songs." This chorus, included in some (not all) Australian versions is as follows:

Come, all my hearties,

we'll roam the mountains high,

Together we will plunder,

together we will die.

We'll wander over valleys,

and gallop over plains,

And we'll scorn to live in

slavery, bound down with iron chains.

(p. 59-60)

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