“The Maryborough Miner”


The singer describes all the places where he has been digging. At Fitzroy River the boss calls him a loafer, so he burns his office and left. He tells further tall tales, ending "I'm a Maryborough miner, and I'm one of the good old time."


Fahey's version was collected by A.L. Lloyd, and he suspects Lloyd may have retouched it. The notes to Patterson/Fahey/Seal on "The Murrumbidgee Shearer" make this even more explicit: they declare this to be Lloyd's rewrite of that. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Murrumbidgee Shearer" (tune, theme)


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 78-79, "The Maryborough Miner" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, FaE078


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Keywords: mining work rambling
Found in: Australia