A satirical attack on New South Wales politician Henry Parkes (the recently deposed Colonial Secretary), who had maintained that the attempted assassination of Prince Alfred was the work of Fenians. At the time of the poem's composition, Parkes was one of the leading proponents of the belief that a Fenian conspiracy was alive within the Australian colonies.
'Five hundred persons were sworn in as special constables, as a guard, appointed to ride in line with the body of the Duke, when he first landed on these shores.' – Mr. Parkes at Kiama. – Herald's Telegram.
'They were the New South Wales Life Guards.' – Evening News