“Australia's on the Wallaby”


"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


Some feel that this is a parody, others a forerunner, of Henry Lawson's more political "Freedom on the Wallaby." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 199-200, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 70-71, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 286-287, "Australia's on the Wallaby" (1 text)
  4. DT, WALLABB2*
  5. BI, MA199


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (Old Bush Recitations)
Keywords: animal Australia
Found in: Australia