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The Jolly Lad's Trip to Botany Bay single work   poetry   "Come come my jolly lads, for we must away"
Note: An extant copy of the original broadside ballad, which gives no details of author, printer, or date, is in the Madden collection of ballads at Cambridge University.
Issue Details: First known date: 1786-1790... 1786-1790 The Jolly Lad's Trip to Botany Bay
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  • One of the earliest broadside ballads on convict transportation, 'The Jolly Lad's Trip' may have been partly based on a popular song from Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1781 pantomime Robinson Crusoe, which begins 'Come, come my jolly lads, the wind's abast'.

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First known date: ca. 1786-1790
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Convict Maid: Early Broadsides Relating to Australia Ronald George Edwards (editor), Kuranda : Rams Skull Press , 1985 Z1604403 1985 anthology poetry lyric/song Edwards received the Australian Folk Trust Fellowship in 1985, and travelled to Britain to study broadside ballads relating to early Australia. He made facsimile copies of a considerable number of ballads with an Australian reference, which are reproduced, along with transcriptions and notes, in this work and in the companion volume The Transport's Lament (1986). Edwards published revised and enlarged editions of both works in 1987-1988. Kuranda : Rams Skull Press , 1985 pg. 49
    Note: Facsimile of broadside.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Madden Collection of Broadside Ballads Madden Ballads Woodbridge : Gale Research Co. , 1987 Z1316815 1987 collection poetry lyric/song Woodbridge : Gale Research Co. , 1987
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon 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. 181
    Note: Titled 'The Jolly Lad's Trip'.
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