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Genuine Botany Bay Eclogues sequence   poetry  
Alternative title: Botany Bay Eclogues
Issue Details: First known date: 1832... 1832 Genuine Botany Bay Eclogues
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  • Author's note: At head of the first poem: Few of your readers, I suppose, are aware that Dr. Southey, (q. v.) the Poet Laureate of England, published a series of poems, a great many years ago, under the title of 'Botany Bay Eclogues.' One may easily imagine what sort of pieces such poems were likely to be - representations, forsooth, of our lifers and fourteen-years-men sitting on the rocks that overhang the blue waters of the Pacific, and mingling their salt tears with the ocean brine, or soliloquising the kangaroos and the gum-trees in the forests of the interior, on the miseries of their exile. The worthy Laureate knew very little of 'Life in New South Wales,' of which, Doctor, I propose to send you a few specimens in a series on 'Genuine Botany Bay Eclogues,' which, however inferior in poetical merit, will, nevertheless, I doubt not, be greatly superior, in truth of colouring, to his transmarine effusions.


No. I : Australian Courtship i "The Currency Lads may fill their glasses", 'Juvenal' (fl. 1832) , 1832 single work poetry
— Appears in: Colonial Times , 21 August 1832; (p. 3)

— Appears in: Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser , 14 July vol. 30 no. 2154 1832; (p. 4) Australian Kaleidoscope 1968; (p. 25-26) Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times 1976; (p. 20-21) Old Ballads from the Bush 1987; (p. 9-10) The Poet's Discovery : Nineteenth Century Australia in Verse 1990; (p. 39-40) The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse 1991; (p. 18-19)
No. II : The Happy Family i "I will sing you a song of a settler bold,", 'Juvenal' (fl. 1832) , 1832 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser , 17 July vol. 30 no. 2155 1832; (p. 4) Old Bush Songs and Rhymes of Colonial Times 1976; (p. 21-22)

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