Appeared in Songs from the Mountains with several minor alterations to the original Freeman's Journal version. The alterations included the first line, which was changed to 'The bard who is singing of Wollombi Jim'.
'In the event of your accepting the accompanying satire will you kindly glance at the proofs yourself. Jim the Splitter is my latest effort in the metrical line. I have headed it with my real name, because I like it. Its chief merit lies in its truth. No doubt it is rough on the " 'orny 'anded" but your bushman is one of the most finished rogues out. I ought to know having had such an unhappy business connection with him. The "Heathen Chinee" is a child to the beggar. My poem will "take" with a large class of sufferers' - Kendall, letter to Thomas Butler (editor of the Freeman's Journal), dated 23 January, 1880. Source: Reed (1966).
Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
ySongs from the MountainsHenry Kendall,
SydneyLondon:William MaddockSampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington,1880Z2411941880selected work poetry SydneyLondon:William MaddockSampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington,1880
Note: With first line: 'The bard who is singing of Wollombi Jim'
yThe Poetical Works of Henry KendallHenry Kendall,
Thomas Thornton Reed
Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966Z5714731966selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography.Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966