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Note: Musical accompaniment composed and performed (piano and vocals) by Gavin Lockley.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Symphony of Australia
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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:ABC Books , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Man from Ironbarki"It was the man from Ironbark who struck the Sydney town,", A. B. Paterson , 1892 single work poetry humour
Mulga Bill's Bicyclei"`TWAS Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze", A. B. Paterson , 1896 single work poetry humour

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle was written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. It was written at a time when cycling was a relatively new and popular social activity. Cycles were ridden everywhere, including in the outback by shearers and other workers who needed to travel cheaply. It tells the hilarious story of Mulga Bill, who thinks he’s much better at cycling than he turns out to be. A resounding crash sends him back to his original mode of transport – his trusty horse. Kilmeny and Deborah Niland’s delightful illustrations catch the mood and humour of Paterson’s verse with great spirit, and this book has become an enduring classic.

Synopsis of the illustrated picture book.

Source: Harper Collins


A Bush Christeningi"On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few", A. B. Paterson , 1893 single work poetry humour
A Singer of the Bushi"There is waving of grass in the breeze", A. B. Paterson , 1917 single work poetry
The Australian Sunrisei"The Morning Star paled slowly, the Cross hung low to the sea,", James Lister Cuthbertson , 1907 single work poetry Sunrise in Victoria
The Packhorse Droveri"OH the droving life is a life that's free", Bruce Simpson , 1976 single work poetry
Clancy of the Overflowi"I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better", A. B. Paterson , 1889 single work poetry

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Form: musical sound
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Books , 2009 .
      Extent: 2 x CD set.p.
      • CD1 is the Symphony of Australia; CD2 comprises Ballads of the Bush.
      • CD2 also includes 'The Ship's Ditty', an original composition from Gavin Lockley, and 'My Country Australia'. The latter is adapted from Dorothea McKellar's 'My Country'.

Works about this Work

From Page to Stage, a Celebration of the Bush Adam Fulton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 October 2009; (p. 10)
From Page to Stage, a Celebration of the Bush Adam Fulton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 October 2009; (p. 10)
Last amended 13 Oct 2009 12:01:06
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