“The Settler's Lament (The Beautiful Land of Australia)”


"Now all intent to emigrate, Come listen to the doleful fate...." The singer sailed for Australia, was wrecked, was spared by cannibals as too thin, and had his sheep die of rot. Coming home, he will sell matches before returning to Australia

Cross references


  1. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 101-105, "The Settler's Lament" (1 text)
  2. BI, PFS101


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1854 (John Henderson's _Excursions and Adventures in New South Wales_)