Freedom on the Wallaby
DESCRIPTION: The singer sees freedom in the Australian outback, and recalls how Australia was settled by freedom-loving British citizens. Having built homes, they find the government trying to control them. He calls on citizens to rebel
AUTHOR: Words: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)
EARLIEST DATE: 1891
KEYWORDS: Australia political freedom
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Manifold-PASB, pp. 166-167, "Freedom on the Wallaby" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Bill Wannan, _The Australians: Yarns, ballads and legends of the Australian tradition_, 1954 (page references are to the 1988 Penguin edition), pp. 206-207, "Freedom on the Wallaby" (1 text)
cf. "Australia's on the Wallaby"
NOTES: While this piece is assuredly by Henry Lawson, it is not clear whether it is an adaption or a forerunner of "Australia's on the Wallaby." Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 129, say that there are multiple versions of the text, which is sung to several tunes, but the "Australia's on the Wallaby" tune is widely used.
According to A. K. MacDougall, An Anthology of Classic Australian Lore (earlier published as The Big Treasury of Australian Foiklore), The Five Mile Press, 1990, 2002, p. 343, the poem made "blood on the wattle" an Australian byword. - RBW
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