Death of Fred Lowry, The

DESCRIPTION: "Come all young men and gentle maids, Come listen to me now...." The singer tells how troopers surround Fred Lowry's home. He vows to fight while ammunition lasts, but is shot from ambush. He proclaims his honesty, bids farewell to his girl, and dies
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1987
KEYWORDS: outlaw death police prison Australia love
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 58-60, "The Death of Fred Lowry" (1 composite text, 1 tune)
NOTES: According to Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 180, "Fred Lowry (1836-1863), a bushranger of the Bathhurst [New South Wales] region, is the subject of numerous extant local traditions.... In common with most bushranger lore, Lowry is presented as a brave, defiant hero who goes down gamely in a shoot-out with the cowardly police. He also seems to have had a reputation as a smart dresser and ladies' man. Legend has it that Lowry was the bushranger whose last words were 'Tell 'em I died game.'" - RBW
File: MCB058

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