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Issue Details: First known date: 1865... 1865 The Queenslanders' New Colonial Camp Fire Song Book.
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  • Containing popular songs of the day, and new songs "never before printed" / by an old explorer (or any other person).
  • "First Number" -- Head of title.
  • Dated: November 25th, 1865.
  • This work included the following ballads : 'The Queensland Explorer's Song' ('Remos') ; The First Hole (author not indicated) ; Gentle Troubadour (author not indicated) ; The Kennedy Men ('Remos') ; Squatting in Queensland ('Remos') ; The Mermaid's Song (author not indicated) ; Homeopathic Soup (author not indicated) ; The Overlander (Remos) ; The Stockman's Last Bed (author not indicated) ; The Sordid Sweetheart (author not indicated) ; Wallaby Joe (author not indicated) ; My Old Black Pipe (author not indicated) ; A Song of My Youth (author not indicated) ; Jack's Last Resting Place ('Remos') ; Sympathy (Mrs. Tighe) ; The Heart Bow'd Down (author not indicated) ; The Lazy Society (author not indicated).
  • Hugh Anderson (q.v.) has suggested that the ballads in this collection attributed to 'Remos' were written by George Loyau (see George Loyau: The Man Who Wrote the Bush Ballads (1991) and the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature). However, more recent research tends to confirm the earlier view of Geoffrey Bolton (q.v.) and others, that these particular ballads were in fact the work of Phillip Somer (q.v.).
  • Contents indexed selectively.


* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:F. Cunninghame , 1865 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Queensland Explorers Songi"I've been a long journey with stock overland", 'Remos' , single work poetry (p. 2-3)
Note: Air : 'Happy Are We Darkies So Gay'
The Kennedy Meni"The northernmost part of bonnie Queensland", 'Remos' , single work poetry (p. 5-7)
Note: Air : 'Bonnie Dundee'
Squatting In Queenslandi"Squatting up in Queensland is a great mistake I guess;", 'Remos' , single work poetry (p. 7-8)
Note: Air : 'Bow Wow Wow'
The Overlanderi"When I went out exploring, I took up a fine new run,", 'Remos' , single work poetry (p. 10-12)
Note: Air : 'Dearest Mae'
Jack's Last Resting Placei"Come old friend, come with me -", 'Remos' , single work poetry (p. 18-19)
Note: Air : Original

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