Australia's on the Wallaby

DESCRIPTION: "Our fathers came to search for gold, The claim it proved a duffer. The syndicates and bankers' bosses made us all to suffer.... Australia's on the wallaby, Listen to the cooee." Most of the song is devoted to the animals the settler sees
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1933 (Old Bush Recitations)
KEYWORDS: animal Australia
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 199-200, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 70-71, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 286-287, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text)

cf. "Freedom on the Wallaby" (tune, theme)
NOTES [47 words]: Some feel that this is a parody, others a forerunner, of Henry Lawson's more political "Freedom on the Wallaby." Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 25, are among those who think it a forerunner; they date it to the 1890s. - RBW
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File: MA199

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