Digger's Farewell, The

DESCRIPTION: "Just as you say, sire, I'm off once more, The Palmer River, that's my way." "Ten long years since I landed here... But who lacks hardship looking for gold." "'Success to the Palmer!' -- is that your toast? Mine's 'Here's to the land I leave behind!'"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (Greymouth Star, according to Bailey/Roth-NZ)
KEYWORDS: mining hardtimes drink New Zealand
FOUND IN: New Zealand
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Bailey/Roth-NZ, p. 66, "The Digger's Farewell" (1 text, 1 modern tune, with an indication of an earlier tune)
Colquhoun-NZ, p. 60, "Digger's Farewell" (1 text, 1 modern tune) (p. 36 in the 1972 edition)
GarlandFaces-NZ, pp. 89-90, "(The Digger's Farewell/Farewell to the Grey)" (1 text)

Farewell to the Grey
NOTES [25 words]: Apparently a song of a gold digger who arrived in New Zealand in 1864 and has found little in that time but now (1874) intends to go to Australia. - RBW
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File: BaRo066

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