y The Song of the Shearer : (waiting for the rain) extract   poetry   "Some were taking quarters and coiling in their bunk"
Issue Details: First known date: 1886 1886
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  • "...truncated and altered version of John Neilson's ballad 'Waiting for the Rain'..." - t.p. verso, signed G.L. Fischer.
  • Author's note: Air: 'The little old Log Cabin in the Lane'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Adelaide Observer 6 November 1886 Z1332329 1886 newspaper issue 1886
    • Aldgate, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, South Australia,: Pump Press , 1960 .
      Extent: 3p.
      Limited edition info: Limited ed. of 60 copies.
      Description: illus.
      • Introduction and explanatory notes by G. L. Fischer.
      • Illustration was originally published in The Pictorial Australian, September 1887.
  • Appears in:
    y 60 Classic Australian Poems for Children Chris Cheng (editor), Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1656747 2009 anthology poetry children's

    'The 60 poems in this collection appear in their original, or near original, form and are wide-ranging in their subject matter: animals, the countryside, the struggle of bush life, early transport, sport, growing old, being young and having fun with words! But whether they are humorous, serious or playful, they are simply a joy to read!

    'No matter if we grew up reciting these classic poems at school, quote from them on important occasions or are meeting them for the first time, there is no doubt that these classic poems embody what it is to be Australian.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009
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