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(Warren Fahey) As a young Turk, I was fortunate enough to establish a relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (now Commission) which led to me writing and producing several dramatic radio series. They proved popular and eventually led to me being a regular presenter and contributor on the long-running Sunday Folk series on ABCFM. I still pop up regularly on ABC radio across Australia and jokingly say that I am the expert talking head they call when they can’t find a real expert. 2023 celebrated my 55th year as a voice on ABC Radio.

In many ways it was my association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, especially radio, that spurred me onto pursuing music and folklore as a profession. I was extremely fortunate to be ‘adopted’ at a very young age (I was in my early twenties when I first experienced the thrill of recording my first segment), by two of the ABC’s ‘rebels’ – Harold Hort, who was Deputy Manager of the Music Department (under John Hopkins), and Alan Ashbolt, Director of what was then known as the Public Affairs & Talks Department. Alan had some influential broadcasters, dare I say it ‘of a leftish political bent’ such as Stan Corrie, Stephen Rapley, Robyn Ravlich and Marius Webb, and they really worked as a unit. I was green as a cucumber but they saw me as a regular book reviewer of odd things.

I recall doing reviews of A.L.Lloyd’s ‘Folksong In England’ and Pete Seeger’s autobiography, amongst others. Next came a meeting with Harold Hort who encouraged me to develop a radio series based on Australian history. Harold and I got on like a house on fire, much to the distress of the somewhat uppity music department types who viewed anything non classical as a waste of space. Harold was a Buddhist, returned soldier and a lover of wine and song, mostly bawdy song! We had many raucous lunches in an establishment called the Woolloomooloo Woolshed. My first series was on the Railway industry in Australia called Navvy on the Line. I wanted to break the perception that Australian folk song was all shearing, droving, bushranger and convict songs – industrial history was the obvious direction.

Next came the Great Australian Legend, an ambitious 12 program series which I wrote and produced using the wonderful Declan Affley as the singer and my old mate, Peter O’Shaughnessy, as the character actor. Harry Robertson, the songwriter and singer, appeared in the program on the whale industry. The series was a great success and repeated several times.

I was then invited to contribute regular programs with the budgets, which, frankly, were always lean, being split between the Music and Talks Departments. When Harold Hort retired he passed me onto John Sullivan, Malcolm Long and Chris Sullivan, who were all equally supportive. Then the ABC launched their FM band and somehow or other I went with it. What followed was a long association with ABCFM and especially collaborations with Jack King and, later, my longtime associate, David Mullhallen. Eventually my original ‘home’, Radio National, became a primary talk format and ABCFM became almost exclusively classical. I have retained my association with the ABC as an occasional ‘talking/sing head’ and also as a recording artist and author. It’s a grand organisation fueled by passionate people.

There are some wonderful songs, poems, yarns and snippets of folklore and history in the various radio series and specials that are featured on this site. Hopefully they will bring our fascinating stories to life – play them for the family and re-live yesterday’s Australia.

Through a unique arrangement with ABC Enterprises I am making these radio programs available worldwide FREE. If you like the material, hopefully, you will visit the site’s General Store and order some of my books or CDs.

This program traces the reasons for transportation to the colonies , including the economic conditions in England, Ireland and Scotland.
Songs such as The Weaving Industry (Four Loom Weaver) tell of the conditions leading to crime, and follow the passage of criminal transportees to Australia.

The songs included in the program are:

Bound For Botany Bay (aka Henry’s Downfall) – Declan unaccompanied.
Botany Bay: A New Song – Spoken by Peter
Four Loom Weaver – Declan unaccompanied
Van Dieman’s Land – Declan unaccompanied

Ten Thousand Miles Away – Declan sings and plays banjo.
Adieu To You Judges and Juries – Declan plays guitar + unknown mandolin
Stirling-O – Declan sings and plays guitar.

The songs of transportation are filled will pain and anguish and reflect the frightening prospect of being sentenced to ‘hard labour’ in the penal colony of New South Wales. In the year 1800 there were over 200 offenses punishable by death and hundreds more that determined transportation, usually for seven years or life. Some believed the lucky ones went to the gallows.

The program tells, in song and historic verse and readings, the emotional turmoil surrounding transportation. Included in this program are:

Jim Jones At Botany Bay – Declan sings and plays guitar.
The Convict Maid – Declan sings and plays guitar.
Currency Lads and Lasses – Declan unaccompanied
Plaisn of Emu – Declan sings and plays guitar

Convict’s Tour of Hell – Reading by Peter O’Shaughnessy.
The Catalpa – Declan sings and plays guitar

The stories of Ned Kelly and Ben Hall are well known. This program tries to look deeper into the reasons why these men turned to a life of bushranging . . . a not always glamorous life!

Included in this program are:

Bold Jack Donahue – Declan sings and plays guitar

The Jerilderie Letter – Spoken by Peter
The Pottinger Report – Spoken by Peter.
Frank Gardiner He Is Caught At Last – Declan sings and plays guitar
Death of Ben Hall (McGuire) – Declan sings and plays guitar

Two Plucky Troopers – Declan unaccompanied
Stringybark Creek – Declan sings and plays banjo.
Ballad of the Kelly Gang – Declan sings and plays guitar
Wild Colonial Boy – Declan sings and plays guitar

Australia’s golden days . . . rich in stories of the diggings and the men who moved to the new rushes to make their fortunes . . . and those that didn’t. In this episode you can hear:

Bright Fine Gold – Declan sings and plays guitar

With MY Swag All On My Shoulder – Declan sings and plays guitar
The Miner (part) – Declan sings unaccompanied
A Thousand Miles Away – Declan sings and plays banjo.
Maryborough Miner. – Declan sings unaccompanied

Only Over Here For Exploration – Declan sings and plays guitar, Warren Fahey on chorus.
New Chum Chinaman – Declan sings and plays guitar
Sam Holt – Declan sings and plays guitar
Along the Grey (Palmer River song) – Declan sings and plays guitar

The men who forged westward to settle the bush and start our agricultural history had a colourful past. Fights between squatters and free selectors were common and have left their mark on country life. This program used some of the works of Dame Mary Gilmore, who was brought up in the midst of the settlement period. In this episode are the following:

The Hut That’s Upside Down – Declan sings and plays guitar

Wallaby Stew – Declan sings and plays guitar
Inglewood Cocky – Declan sings unaccompanied
Broken Down Squatter – Declan sings and plays guitar
Cocky of Bungaree – Declan sings and plays guitar

Station Cook – Declan sings and plays banjo.

Australia’s ‘Golden Fleece’ . . . an age that produced more folk songs and poems than any other period in our history. The shearers led a colourful life, and their songs were just as colourful. “Click Go the Shears” . The Flash Shearer” and similar songs help capture the feeling of the sheds.

The songs included in the program are:

Flash Jack from Gundagai – Declan sings and plays banjo
At Each Gate (Lachlan Tigers) – Declan sings and plays banjo
Click Go The Shears – Declan sings and plays guitar
Shearer’s Dream – Declan sings and plays guitar

Another Fall of Rain – Declan sings and plays banjo
Traveling Down the Castlereagh (A Bushman’s Song) – Declan sings and plays guitar
One of the Has-beens – Declan sings and plays guitar

This program deals with those men who travelled Australia (and still do) moving cattle and sheep. These are songs of the time when the roads were not roads and the dangers were many. Reminiscences of the old overlanders link up the songs.

The songs included in the program are:

Queensland Overlanders – Declan sings and plays guitar
Nine Miles from Gundagai – Declan sings unaccompanied
Wallaby Track – Declan sings and plays guitar
Old Black Billy – Declan sings and plays guitar

One Thousand Miles Away – Declan sings and plays guitar

A look at the “old” Australian as a lover. From the Female Factory in Parramatta to the lonely drover in the outback. .

The songs included in the program are:

Old Bullock Dray – Declan sings and plays banjo
Currency Lasses – Declan sings unaccompanied
Banks of the Condamine – Declan sings and plays guitar
Great Northern Line – Declan sings and plays guitar.

The Wee One – Declan sings unaccompanied
Chinaman’s Song (Nannygoats & Billygoats) – Declan sings guitar

A program on the Australian Boozer! Telling of the famous “Lambing Down” hotels which robbed the shearer, the exploits of the Australian drinker “Shickered asHe Could Be” and the bushmen’s attitude to the demon drink.

The songs included in the program are:

Rows of Bottles Standing – Declan sings and plays guitar
Billy Brink – Declan sings and plays guitar
Shickered – Declan sings and plays banjo
Lazy Harry’s – Declan sings and plays banjo

Shanties By The Way – Declan sings and plays guitar
Jog Along – Declan sings and plays banjo.

Queensland owes most of its development to the sugar industry which produced some interesting folk songs, moost lamenting the bad conditions of the cane-fields . . the first time white people had had to work in a tropical zone. Songs like “The Cane-Cutters’ Lament” and “Cain Killed Abel – And Cane Will Kill Me” recollect the past. This program also looks at the other aspects of the North.

The songs included in the program are:

Moreton Bay – Declan sings and plays guitar
Out on the Isis River – Declan sings and plays guitar
Cane Killed Abel – Declan sings and plays banjo
If You Ever Go Up North – Declan sings unaccompanied

Down on the Daly River-o – Spoken Peter
Maranoa Drovers – Declan sings and plays guitar
On The Queensland Railway Line – Declan sings and plays guitar
The Overlanders – Declan sings and plays banjo.

The Australian Whaling Industry is little mentioned in our folklore, but strong industry existed around the north Queensland coast. We explore the Whaling Industry with ex-whaler Harry Robertson and sing his vivid songs of the period..

The songs included in the program are:

Heave Away (Harry Robertson) – Declan sings and plays guitar
Prison Gang (H. Robertson) – Declan sings and plays guitar
Whale Chasing Men (Harry Robertson) – Declan sings and plays guitar
Grubby Jack – Spoken Harry Robertson.

Norfolk Whalers – Harry sings and plays guitar
Queensland Whalers – Harry sings and plays guitar. Declan sings chorus.
Ballina Whalers – Declan sings and plays guitar.

For more Harry Robertson check out the CD ‘Whale Chasing Man’ originally released on Larrikin and now available from the National Film & Sound Archive.

The roots of Australia’s past using the works of Australia’s poets – Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Stan Wakefield, ‘Frank the Poet’.

The songs included in the program are:

Reedy River (Henry Lawson/Chris Kempster) – Declan sings and plays guitar
Out On The Wallaby (Tent Poles Are Rotten) – Declan sings and plays guitar.
The Wallaby Track (Springtime Brings On the Shearing) – Declan sings and plays guitar
Waltzing Matilda. (Queensland version) – Declan sings and plays guitar

Songs and ballads telling the story of convict transportation to Australia.

1. Instrumental – Cathie O’Sullivan/Declan Affley

2. Botany Bay (O Son O Son) – Trevor Shearston

3. Botany Bay (refrain) – The Larrikins

4. Gaol Song – Declan Affley

5. Jim Jones at Botany Bay – Warren Fahey

6. Here’s Adieu to all Judges and Juries – Cathie O’Sullivan

7. The Convict’s Oath – The Larrikins

8. Plains of Emu – Jacko Kevans

9. Moreton Bay (instrumental) – The Larrikins

10. Moreton Bay – Trevor Shearston

11.Donnybrook Fair – The Larrikins

As the colony of New South Wales grew it transformed from convict prison to a semi-respectable place for emigration.

1. 10,000 Miles Away – Dave de Hugard

2. The Convict’s Rum Song – Declan Affley

3. Hornpipe (instrumental) – The Larrikins

4. Castle Hill – Cathie O’Sullivan
Convict Oath – The Larrikins

5. So Early in the Morning (instrumental)

6. So Early in the Morning – Warren Fahey

7 I’ve been to Australia-0 – Declan Affley

8. The Currency Lads – The Larrikins/ Cathie O’Sullivan

9. The Old Bullock Dray – Jacko Kevans

10. Father O’Flynn – The Larrikins

In 1851 Australia rocketed with the cry or ‘Gold!’. The colony’s population jumped by over a million in one decade.

1. Dennis O’Reilly (instrumental)

2. Dennis O’Reilly (vocal) – Jacko Kevans

3. Maryborough Miner – Declan Affley

4. Look Out Below – Mike Jackson

5. JollyPuddlers – Tony Suttor

6. Where’s Your Licence? – Declan Affley

7. Hey Joe! – Mike Jackson

8. New Chum Chinaman – Warren Fahey

9. The Miner – Tony Suttor & Mike Jackson

The discovery of Gold in 1851 also encouraged bushrangers who roamed the bush bailing up stage coaches, stations and outback hotels.

1. Dunn, Gilbert and Ben Hall – Trevor Sheartson

2. Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly – (instrumental)

3. The Wild Colonial Boy – Jacko Kevans

4. Morning of the Fray – Warren Fahey

5 .Frank Gardiner is Caught At Last – Warren Fahey

6. Bold Ben Hall – Cathie O’Sullivan

7. We Are Two Plucky Troopers – Warren Fahey & Trevor Shearston

8. The Kelly Gang – Dave de Hugard

9. My Name Is Edward Kelly – Trevor Shearston

10. Farewell Dan and Edward Kelly – Warren Fahey

11. Kelly, Byrnes and Hart – The Larrikins

Life in the bush was always a hard slog with settlers pitched against drought, flood, bushfires and pestilence – sometimes all in one season.

1. Tom Blackman’s (instrumental) – The Larrikins

2. Numerella Shore – Dave de Hugard

3. The Settler’s Lament – Declan Affley

4. Then Give Me a Hut in My Own Native Land – Dave de Hugard

5. The Station Cook – Warren Fahey

6. The Stringybark Cockatoo – Jacko Kevans

7. Inglewood Cocky – Cathie O’Sullivan

Concertina tune – Jacko Kevans

8. The Freehold on the Plain – Warren Fahey

The stockmen of Australia took their horses along boundary fences, across open plains and into station holding pens – taking massive herds of sheep and cattle from one part of the country to the other.

1. The Overlanders (instrumental) – The Larrikins

2. Mulga Maxims – Declan Affley

3. The Mustering Song – Dave de Hugard

4. Jim Sago, Jackeroo – Declan Affley

5. Where the Brumbies Come to Water – Cathie O’Sullivan & Jacko Kevans

6. The Flash Stockman – Warren Fahey

7. Wallaby Joe – Dave de Hugard

8. The Banks of the Condamine – Cathie O’Sullivan

9. The Overlanders (vocal) – Jacko Kevans

Life in the shearer’s sheds was hard yakka – greasy sheep, bad food, cranky bosses.

1. Shearing in a Bar – Trevor Shearston

2. Click Go the Shears (instrumental)

3. Flash Jack from Gundagai – Trevor Shearston

4. Rule Britannia (instrumental)

5. Limejuice Tub – Jacko Kevans

6. Santa Claus in the Bush – Jacko Kevans

7. Now Some Shearing I Have Done – Warren Fahey

8. The Bushman’s Song – Dave de Hugard

9. Union Boy – Cathie O’Sullivan

10. Jog Along Till Shearing (instrumental)

11. Lachlan Tigers – Jacko Kevans

The settlers survived by using necessity as the mother of invention. They had no option!

1. Stringybark and Greenhide (chorus) – Declan Affley

2 Bullocky O – Dave de Hugard

3. The Carrier’s Song – Warren Fahey

4. Saltbush Bill – Jacko Kevans

5. Nine Miles from Gundagai – Jacko Kevans

6. Bullock Bells at Night – Warren Fahey

7. Holy Dan – Jacko Kevans

8. Polka (instrumental) – The Larrikins

9. Stringybark and Greenhide – Declan Affley

10. A Bullockies Song – Dave de Hugard

11. Bush melody – The Larrikins

The Australian bushman had a particular style – laconic, hard-working and hard-living. The songs brag of mighty deeds, especially mighty drinking sessions, but always with that particular sense of humour.

1. The Man from Tumbarumba – Warren Fahey

2. The New Chum Shearer – Jacko Kevans

3. Dad ‘n’ Dave: Theme (instrumental) – The Larrikins
    Dad ‘n’ Dave yarns.

4. Lazy Harry’s – Declan Affley

5. Cuckoo’s Nest (instrumental) – The Larrikins

6. Long Bay Hotel – Jacko Kevans

7. The Ham Fat Man – Cathie O’Sullivan

S. Nothing Seems to Matter – Declan Affley
     Bush concertina tune – Jacko Kevans

9. Our Jack’s Come Home Today – Cathie O’Sullivan

10. Wallaby Stew – Jacko Kevans

Early Australia was powered by alcohol – buckets of it. Tucker and the staple diet was a celebration of damper and mutton – washed down with copious mugs of strong, sweet tea.

1. Charlie Mopps – Warren Fahey

2. The Bulllocky’s Ball – Trevor Shearston

3. Mr Booze – Jacko Kevans

4. Shickered As He Could Be – Declan Affley

5. Walks Like This – Warren Fahey

6. Across the Western Plains – Trevor Shearston

7. Bluey Brink – Cathie O’Sullivan

8. Only One More Drink. – Jacko Kevans

Queensland was always our ‘wild west’ and this program celebrates the pioneering days and crazed nights of our northern state. The home of the renowned ‘bananalander’.

1. Goondiwindi Song (instrumental)

2. Cain Killed Abel But Cane Won’t Kill Me

3. The Cutter’s Lament

4. It’s Sign-On Day

5. Kanaka Love Song

6 . If You Ever Go Up Northwards

7. Limejuice Tub (instrumental)

8. 10,000 Miles Away (instrumental)

9. Squatting in Queensland

As Australia grew so did our cities. By Federation, in 1901, the bulk of the population had shifted from the bush to the coastal cities. The bush was never to be the same again.

1. Mudgee Scottische

2. Woolloomooloo

3. Give Me Old Brisbane

4. Mudgee Scottische (reprise)

5 .Ta-Ra-Land-Boom-Today

6. Pop Goes the Weasel

7. Nails

8. Street Songs:
    a. Oyster seller’s call
    b. Seller of trotters
    c. Call of the Cheap Jack

9. Instrumental (tin whistle)

10. Freedom on the Wallaby

The Australian fighter was considered a tenacious soldier. He was known as ‘digger’ and ‘pongo’ and produced a string of folklore, including many ditties.

1. Dinki-Di (instrumental)

2. Dinki-Di (vocal)

3. We Are the Ragtime Army

4. Mademoiselle from Armentiers (instrumental)

5. The Rose That Grows in No Man’s Land             

6. Hanging From the Old Barbed Wire                    

7. We Are the Ragtime Army (instrumental)           

8. Eight Little Cylinders      

9. Hush-a-by Radar          

10. The Dying Aviator        

11. We Are the Navy         

12. The Infantry              

13. The Tattooed Lady        

14. The Long Last Mile        

15. Keep the Home Fires Burning

When the Great Depression hit Australia in the 1930s it hit harder and meaner than anywhere else in the world. It devastated the bush and city without favour.

1. Wallaby Brigade          

2. Humping My Drum       

3. Five and a Zack             

4. Two Professional Hums   

5. Old Bark Hut (vocal)      

6. Old Bark Hut (instrumental)

7. Bald-Headed End of the Broom                  

8. Tent Poles Are Rotten      

9. Australia’s on the Wallaby

It has been said that Australians are ‘sport crazy’ betting on anything from football to two flies on a wall – which one will fly off first?
Maybe we are crazy!

1. Varsovienna (instrumental)

2. New York Girls            

3. Our Oarsman, Bill Beach   

4. Sandy Ross at St. George’s River Ground                  

5. Les Darcy (1st version)    

6. Les Darcy (2nd version)    

7. The Flying Pieman (instrumental)            

8. All Among the Wool      

9. The Whip and the Spurs    

10. Randwick Races           

11. Musselman’s Grave       

12. Tommy Corrigan        

13. Tolerant Man             

14. I’m Forever Playing Two-Up

A program of contemporary songs – well they were contemporary way back in the 1970s!
Many are still relevant in the 21st century. Strange that!

1. My Name’s Bill (instrumental)

2. My Name’s Bill (vocal)

3. Buy, Buy, Buy

4. It’s On!

5. The Meat Pie Song

6.1 Hate Wogs

7. Housewife’s Lament

8 . 14,000,000 People Can’t Be Wrong

9. Manchester Gallop


The Songs That Made Australia is a series of 10 radio programs scripted and presented by Warren Fahey and broadcast in the early 1980s by the ABC. The program was coordinated by Pam Burrows of the ABC Social History Unit which, at the time, was directed by my old mates Tim & Ros Bowden.

All the oral history interviews and songs come from my National Library of Australia field recordings collection which commenced in 1972. There are some very rare recordings included in the series and, of course, an opportunity to hear real traditional singers and musicians performing traditional songs and poems.

A program exploring the highwayman tradition in Australia.

Cyril Duncan

Cyril Duncan was recorded in 1973 (see his full story and repertoire on this site: Collected Folklore/Oral History on menu bar.)

My Name Is Edward Kelly

An extraordinary ballad sung by Cyril in the first person. Cyril learnt this from his bullock-driver father.

Up The Kelly’s

An emotionally-charged anti police ditty recalled by Cyril after some 25 years.

Jack Pobar

Jack Pobar was recorded in Toowoomba (see full story and repertoire on this site: Collected Folklore/Oral History on menu bar)

Talks about meeting Dan Kelly, describes Kelly and recalls the burns on man’s torso. Mentions McLeay’s Wax Museum. Jack was an old time Australian, born at the end of the 19th century, lived at a time when what he recalls could possibly be true however, being oral history, it might be the result of hearsay and Jack’s enthusiasm for the old stories. This is quite common in folklore. The fact remains his stories are a fascinating insight into Australia’s curious history.

Wild Colonial Boy

Joe Watson

Joe Watson was recorded in 1974/5/6 at Caringbah, NSW. He was an original ‘picture show man’.
Talks about early days of the Kelly Family including Jim Kelly and Tom Lloyd and then how Joe Burns and Steve Hart joined the gang.

The Ballad of the Kelly Gang

Talks about police (Lonnigan and Kennedy) at Mansfield.

A program that explores some of Australia’s maritime folklore and song.


Jim Cargill was recorded in 1973 in Randwick, New South Wales. See his full story and repertoire on this site: Collected Folklore/Oral History on menu bar.)


Sally Sloane was one of Australia’s most important song carriers. Extensively recorded by pioneer collector John Meredith, I visited Sally in the nineteen seventies and recorded her in 1975. See her full story and my recorded repertoire on this site: Collected Folklore/Oral History on menu bar.)


Songs and stories about boozing in the Australian bush.

1. When I Die. Toast.


Here’s To the Good Old Brandy.
Talks about drink.
Give Me Old Boorowa.
Beer Glorious Beer



Charlie Mopps.
A Long Time Ago On The Logan.


Make Yourself At Home
The Red & Blacks (football song)


Don’t Sell Any More Drink To My Father.


I’m Forever Playing Two-up


Come in Spinner
Bart’s Ghost Story


Rafferty & Cafferty/song and stump speech

Alphabet song


Redwings on button accordion


Stories about lambing down.



Only One More Drink Cried The Hardy Bushman

Songs of women and romance in the Australian bush.

1. Toasts.


Starry Night For A Ramble. concertina tune and song


The Old Oak Tree (Squire Scobell)
The Wild Boy
The Wee One
Talks about cooking potato yarn


Harry Clarrie Song.
His Old Grey Noddle A Shaking
The Keys of Canterbury


Ben Bolt/Sam Holt
Red Cross Nurse/The Nose on My Old Man (parody)


Maids of Australia

Stockmen Of Australia presents songs and stories about the drovers and stock-hands of Australia.


(Broken Down Squatter) Mouth Music


The McGildy Boys


The Dying Stockman
The Stockmen’s Last Bed


Harry Dale The Drover.


Talks about meeting ‘Banjo’ Paterson.
The Man From Snowy River
Nine Miles From Gundagai


Bush Racing yarn
The game of NAP.

Horse-racing ditty
Death of Tommy Corrigan

Bullocky-O presents songs and stories about the mighty bullock and horse team dray drivers that traversed Australia’s muddy and dusty highways. Listen to:

1. The Carrier’s Song (sung by Warren Fahey)


Bullock Bells At Night. (aka Stuck Up At The Mill)
Wood Choppers Rhyme


The bullockies.


Bullocky call to his team.

Bullocky yarn about swearing bullockies.
Holy Dan.
Kidman’s Occupation. poem.
Talks about bush liars.


Old Bullock Dray

Queensland Thou Art A Land of Pests


Stringybark and Gereenhide


Bullocky Toasts
Bullocky calls


  • tells the story of the Pope and the Tsar of Russia.
  • talks about singing ‘illustrated’ songs with the magic lantern.


  • talks about swagmen including Tabletop Tommy, Port-wine Scotty, Oonadatta and Cock Robin
  • talks about being a ‘professional’ swagman.


  • sings The Two Professional Hums.


  • tells how to carry a swag.
  • talks about how to cadge professionally.
  • talks about the standard Three R’s ration.
  • talks about Chicko Dawson and ‘snow dropping’
  • talks about roadside cooking and Port Wine Scotty.


  • sings The Honeymoon Song (BaldHeaded End of the Broom)
  • recites poem: The Depression


  • talks about swagmen and Waltzing Matilda.


  • sings two depression songs The Poor Tramp


  • sings Don’t Go Down The Mine, Daddy,
    sings The Miner


  • sings The Song of the Minersings The Miners Dream of Home


  • sings Take Me Back to Broken Hill


  • sings Take Me Back to Bendigo
  • sings Sam Holt
    talks about family history and Eureka Stockade
    recites his Eureka Poem


  • sings Broken Hill Strike song You Are A Scab/Packard the Scab.


  • sings Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey (The Strike song)


  • When You Give That Tuppence Back, Charlie Dear.


  • talks about his experiences in gold huntingtalks about the lust for gold.


  • sings Pint Pot and Billy.


  • talks about gold


  • plays the anglo-german concertina
    Pearly Shells/Maude/Heel and Toe Polka
  • talks about bush dancing and how she played the concertina whilst dancing.
    talks about her first ball dress.
  • sing The Old Rustic Bridge By the Mill
  • sings Old Dan Tucker
    sings Up And Down the Sydney Road.
  • sings Woolloomooloo.
  • plays and recites Two Little Girls/After the Ball (concertina)


  • plays Varsovienna/Brown Jug Polka (Button accordion)


  • recites poem about the Cityslicker and Countryman.


  • sings The Old Bark Hut
    talks about bush dances


  • plays english concertina -polka set


  • recites The Boot Black tongue-twisting monologue
    sings The Laughing Song


  • sings Indoorpilly
    sings Les Darcy


  • recites The Indispensable Man


  • tells a yarn about rabbiters.


  1. talks about shearing conditions in 19th century.
    recites The Shearer & The Rouseabout.
  2. talks about the world’s biggest damper (during the big 1892 shearer’s strike)
  3. talks about Chinese on goldfields and sings a bit of New Chum Chinaman
  4. sings A Bushman’s Song (Travelling Down The Castlereagh)
  5. talks about shearer’s strike action in 1901.
  6. recites Clancy’s Prayer


  1. sings The Limejuice Tub


  1. sings At Each Gate The Shearers Stood


  1. tells yarn about ‘out west’ and rain.


  1. sings Click Go The Shears


  1. sings Tambaroora Ted