Broken-Down Squatter, The

DESCRIPTION: "For the banks are all broken they say, And the merchants are all up a tree, When the bigwigs are brought to the bankruptcy court, what chance for a squatter like me?" Tales of a (bankrupt and now wandering) squatter's life in depression times
AUTHOR: Charles Flower
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Paterson, _Old Bush Songs_)
KEYWORDS: horse poverty Australia hardtimes
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 42-43, 236-237, "The Broken-Down Squatter" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
AndersonStory, pp. 147-149, "The Broken-Down Squatter" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manifold-PASB, pp. 154-155, "The Broken-Down Squatter" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 115-118, "The Broken-Down Squatter" (1 text)

Roud #8392
NOTES: Meredith/Anderson date this to a period of economic downturn between 1891 and 1893. The Penguin Book of Australian Folksongs dates it to the 1880s. Patterson/Fahey/Seal says that author Flower was driven off his property by the economic troubles of the 1880s, so perhaps that is the most likely date. AndersonStory also offers a date in the 1880s although it does not list an author. - RBW
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File: MA042

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