“The Stockman's Last Bed”


A song lamenting the death of poor Jack, the stockman, (gored to death by a cow). "And we laid him where wattles their sweet fragrance shed, And the tall gum tree shadows the stockman's last bed."


Anderson reports that this is derived from "The Boatswain's Last Whistle" by Charles Dibdin (1865?), but Manifold questions this, observing that the tune does not fit well. - RBW


  • John Greenway, "The Stockman's Last Bed" (on JGreenway01)


  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 46, 92, "The Stockman's Last Bed" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, p. 168, "The Stockman's Last Bed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Manifold-PASB, pp. 84-86, "The Stockman's Last Bed" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  4. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 233-235, "The Stockman's Last Bed" (1 text)
  5. Roud #9113
  6. BI, MA046


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Paterson's _Old Bush Songs_)
Keywords: death Australia lament
Found in: Australia