This poem was first published in the Australian Town and Country Journal in June 1880 titled 'My Piccaninny'. The poem subsequently appeared in Songs from the Mountains titled 'Peter the Piccaninny'. This later version involved a number of minor alterations to the initial Australian Town and Country Journal version.
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Alternative title:Peter the Piccaninny
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
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