The Ballad of Martin Cash single work   poetry   "Come all you sons of Erin's Isle that love to hear your tuneful notes -"
Issue Details: First known date: 1870... 1870 The Ballad of Martin Cash
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    y The Adventures of Martin Cash : Comprising a Faithful Account of His Exploits, While a Bushranger Under Arms in Tasmania, in Company with Kavanagh and Jones in the Year 1843 Martin Cash , James Lester Burke , Hobart : Office of "The Mercury" , 1870 Z61300 1870 single work novel biography

    "Cash records that he was transported to New South Wales in 1828 for shooting a rival in love. He was assigned to a station on the Hunter River, where he led a peaceful life as a shepherd and stock-keeper for about nine years, describing this period as a 'green spot in the desert' of his life. He was unjustly implicated in cattle stealing and ran away with a female companion. He worked briefly for a number of country masters (including explorer Charles Sturt) until 1837 when he and his companion fled to Van Diemen's Land. There he was again accused of a crime he did not commit, and sentenced to seven years at Port Arthur. He escaped and was recaptured a number of times before finally serving time in chains under Commandant Charles O'Hara Booth at Port Arthur. During this time he conceived a 'deep and concentrated hatred of that power which was undeservedly prosecuting me'. He had two companions, Lawrence Kavanagh and David Jones, finally effecting a daring escape from the Port Arthur peninsula, and became bushrangers, committing a series of robberies on roads and of private houses and inns during 1843. Cash was captured while trying to visit his lover in Hobart Town and was sentenced to death, which was later commuted to transportation to Norfolk Island" (Walsh and Hooton 34-5).


    Walsh, Kay and Joy Hooton. Australian Autobiographical Narratives : An Annotated Bibliography. Canberra : Australian Scholarly Editions Centre, University College, ADFA and National Library of Australia, 1993.

    Hobart : Office of "The Mercury" , 1870
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads Russel Ward (editor), Mitcham : Penguin , 1964 Z142686 1964 anthology poetry Mitcham : Penguin , 1964 pg. 49-51
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    y Frank the Poet : The Life and Works of Francis MacNamara Francis MacNamara , John Meredith (editor), Rex Whalan (editor), Ascot Vale : Red Rooster Press , 1979 Z50146 1979 selected work criticism poetry biography The first collection of poems by Frank MacNamara, this work is divided into two parts - part one dealing with the poet's life and part two with his works, accompanied by detailed critical notes. Ascot Vale : Red Rooster Press , 1979 pg. 59-61
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    y Farewell to Judges and Juries : The Broadside Ballads and Convict Transportation to Australia, 1788-1868 Hugh Anderson (editor), Hotham Hill : Red Rooster Press , 2000 Z897572 2000 anthology poetry criticism diary autobiography Verse text (and where accessible tunes) of approximately 140 transportation broadside songs and verses, with extracts from personal stories of convicts as given in letters, diaries, chapbooks, and reminiscences. More than 150 illustrations, including the art work of headpieces and reproduction of drawings and engravings. Introduction surveys books and articles dealing with the broadside industry and with convict transportation. Hotham Hill : Red Rooster Press , 2000 pg. 211-212
    Note: Alternate title used: Martin Cash
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    y River of Verse : A Tasmanian Journey 1800-2004 Helen Gee (editor), Buckland : Back River Press , 2004 Z1174411 2004 anthology poetry lyric/song extract Buckland : Back River Press , 2004 pg. 12-13
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    y The Sin Eaters : Post Colonial Convict Portraits from Van Diemen's Land The Sin Eaters : Terry O'Malley's Post Colonial Convict Portraits West Hobart : Knocklofty , 2006 Z1352816 2006 anthology poetry essay diary criticism Includes artwork by Terry O'Malley, with essays and poetry by other authors. West Hobart : Knocklofty , 2006 pg. 50-51

Works about this Work

James Lester Burke, Martin Cash and Frank the Poet Philip Butterss , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 220-225)
James Lester Burke, Martin Cash and Frank the Poet Philip Butterss , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 220-225)
Last amended 29 Apr 2013 17:42:29
  • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
  • Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula, Forestier Peninsula - Tasman Peninsula area, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
  • Derwent River, Derwent Valley, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
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