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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 A Collection of Australian Bush Verse
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* Contents derived from the Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,:Peter Antill-Rose , 1989 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Andy's Returni"With pannikins all rusty,", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 11)
Andy's Gone with Cattlei"Our Andy's gone with cattle now-", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 11)
The Cattle-Dog's Deathi"THE plains lay bare on the homeward route,", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 12)
Clancy of the Overflowi"I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry (p. 12)
A Thousand Miles Awayi"Hurrah for the old stock saddle, hurrah for the stockwhip too,", Charles Augustus Flower , single work poetry (p. 13)
The Phantom Mobi"Yes; I'm Harry Black - Mad Harry - and I often hear 'em say:", W. M. Fleming , single work poetry (p. 13)
The Sick Stock-Rider The Sick Stockrideri"Hold hard, Ned! lift me down once more, and lay me in the shade,", Adam Lindsay Gordon , single work poetry (p. 14)
Jim's Whipi"Yes! there it hangs upon the wall", Barcroft Boake , single work poetry (p. 15)
Ugly Dave The Flash Stockmani"A stockman? yes, I am, and they call me ugly Sam.", Anonymous (fl. 1895) , single work poetry (p. 15)
Saltbush Billi"Now this is the law of the Overland that all in the West obey,", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry

The character of "Saltbush Bill" is introduced in this poem as a drover of sheep along "the track of the Overland", who stretches the "the law of the Great Stock Routes" by allowing his sheep to make use of all the good grass they find. On the occasion described in the poem, Bill's sheep have spread across a squatter's property. A Jackaroo arrives and attempts to drive the sheep back into the accepted "space of the half-mile track". An argument and then fight ensues between Bill and the Jackaroo, and, while Bill concedes after a marathon fight, in the end he achieves his aim of finding his sheep a good feed.

(p. 18-19)
The Last Musteri"All day we had driven the starving sheep to the scrub where the axes ply,", Will H. Ogilvie , single work poetry (p. 19)
The Drover's Sweethearti"An hour before the sun goes down", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 20)
The Overlanderi"There's a trade you all know well -", single work poetry (p. 20)
The Ballad of the Droveri"Across the stony ridges, across the rolling plain,", Henry Lawson , single work poetry (p. 21)
The Death of Peter Clarki"The sun was blazing fiercely on the cracked and dusty plain", Hubert H. Parry , single work poetry (p. 22-23)
The Drover's Dreami"One night with travelling sheep, my companions lay asleep,", Anonymous , single work poetry humour (p. 23)
The Freehold On the Plaini"I'm a broken-down old squatter, my cash it is all gone,", single work poetry (p. 23)
The Stockman's Last Bedi"Be ye stockman or no, to my story give ear,", single work poetry (p. 23)
I Don't Go Shearing Now : A Woolshed Storyi"So you're off to Riverina, where the sun is shining clear,", John Drayman , single work poetry (p. 27)
Bluey Brinki"There once was a shearer by name, Bluey Brink,", single work poetry humour (p. 28)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Smithfield, Fairfield area, Sydney Southwest, Sydney, New South Wales,: Gary Allen Pty Ltd , 1996 .
      Extent: 112p.
      Description: col. illus.
      • Photography by Gary Lewis
      • Contents and page numbers as for the earlier publication.
      ISBN: 1875169598
Last amended 5 Jan 2010 16:01:24