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Death of Kennedy : The Survivor's Tale single work   poetry   "We sought the 'distant ship', -"
Composed: Brisbane, Queensland,
Issue Details: First known date: 1849... 1849 Death of Kennedy : The Survivor's Tale
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  • In this poem 'Nemo' assumes the persona of Jackey, Kennedy's Aboriginal guide.
  • Reprinted in the Portland Guardian, 20 April, 1849, p.4.
  • Author's note which appeared with the Australian Town and Country Journal version in 1870: 'The following lines were written at the time by the compiler of the present brief sketch [ie. an accompanying article on the Kennedy expedition]; but they have not before been published in Sydney. They pretend to nothing more than a paraphrase, and a weak one, of the touching and interesting narrative of the faithful black [ie. Jackey].'

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Omits two verses from the original Moreton Bay Courier version. Also includes one new verse, and a number of minor textual variations.
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