Don Buck

DESCRIPTION: "There is a man that gives a hand To all that riff-raff band. At night you'll see Don pleasantly" travel through the city to gather up those who are drunk. He takes the men to a mining camp where rules are strictly enforced. In the end, they benefit
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1967 (Colquhoun-NZ-Folksongs-SongOfAYoungCountry)
KEYWORDS: prisoner drink punishment help
FOUND IN: New Zealand
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Colquhoun-NZ-Folksongs-SongOfAYoungCountry, p. 12, "Don Buck" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [70 words]: Based on the description in Colquhoun-NZ-Folksongs-SongOfAYoungCountry, it would appear that Francicso Rodriques FIguero, known as "Don Buk" (sic.), ran a gumdigging camp near Swanson, New Zealand, that in effect served as a halfway house for those released from Mt Eden prison. He was successful enough at rehabilitating the felons that he became a minor New Zealand legend, with various landmarks named after him. - RBW
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File: Col2067

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