Young Henry the Poacher [song, 1800s]

[Editor: A song, “Young Henry the Poacher”, also known as “Henry’s Downfall”, which was originally printed as a broadside ballad.] Young Henry the Poacher Come all you wild and wicked youths wherever you may be, I pray you give attention and listen unto me, The fate of us poor transports as you shall understand, The […]

Click Go the Shears [traditional Australian song, 1890s]

[Editor: “Click Go the Shears” is one of the most famous and iconic folk songs of Australia. As is common with folk songs which have been passed around by word of mouth, there are several variations of the same song in existence. The earliest known printed version of “Click Go the Shears” was published in […]

“When a Man’s Rubbed Out” [poem by Grant Hervey, 28 December 1902]

[Editor: A poem by Grant Hervey, published in his “Cuts and Carvings” column in The Sunday Times (Perth, WA).] “When a Man’s Rubbed Out.” [The committee shall disqualify, for any period they may think fit, any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, or improper practices on the Turf — […]

“Another Fall of Earth” [poem by Grant Hervey]

[Editor: This poem by Grant Hervey was published in Australians Yet and Other Verses, 1913.] “Another Fall of Earth” “Another heavy fall of earth occurred yesterday in the western cross-cut of the Golden Cat Proprietary Mine, killing three men who were stopping there.” — Mining fatality item from any issue of the daily paper. Just […]

The Masters of the Sea [poem by Grant Hervey]

[Editor: This poem by Grant Hervey was published in Australians Yet and Other Verses, 1913.] The Masters of the Sea There are nations born for Power, There are nations born to cower — And, like slaves, to fetch and carry for the peoples strong and free ; From the dim dead throats of Time Rolls […]