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Issue Details: First known date: 1851... 1851 The Chinaman Transmogrified : A Goatish Tale
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A somewhat racist poem in which a dead goat found floating in the Brisbane River is mistaken for the corpse of a Chinese immigrant labourer. The poem was undoubtedly inspired by the debate on Chinese labour which ran in the Australian colonies at this time, but it also touched on the feral goat problem which then existed in Brisbane.


  • Author's note: 'North Brisbane, March 5th, 1851.'

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  • Moreton Bay, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,
  • Brisbane River, Brisbane, Queensland,
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