The Combo's Anthem single work   poetry   "When stock-panels slam on the last gnarled beast,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1956-1957... 1956-1957 The Combo's Anthem
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  • 'Combo' is a colloquial Northern Australian term for a white man who lives with an Aboriginal woman.
  • Textual variation between versions.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Life Among the Aborigines W. E. Harney , London : Robert Hale , 1957 Z1393893 1957 single work prose travel London : Robert Hale , 1957
  • Appears in:
    y The Overlander Songbook Ronald George Edwards (editor), Ronald George Edwards (illustrator), Ferntree Gully : Rams Skull Press , 1956 Z856165 1956 anthology poetry prose Adelaide : Rigby Publishers , 1971 pg. 208
    Note: First line: 'When the stock panel slants to the last narli beast,'. Includes annotations by editor.
  • Appears in:
    y North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature David Headon (editor), Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z54431 1991 anthology poetry short story prose correspondence extract

    'The writers and story-tellers included in this collection relate an important, even epic tale. They tell a story which in 1988 (white Australia's bicentennial year) rarely received attention because, while it tells of courage and love, it also focuses on killing and conquest, eccentricity and madness, and a land as hostile and murderous as it could be gentle and caring...' (Source: Preface)

    Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991
    pg. 69
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