“Tomahawking Fred (Tambaroora Ted)”


The singer is "just about to cut for the Lachlan To turn a hundred out...." He shears for the money, not for pleasure: "Give me sufficient cash and you'll see me make a splash, for I'm (Tambaroora Ted), the ladies' man." He boasts of his shearing skills


To "tomahawk" was to sheer a sheep too close to the skin, and was a common result when a poor shearer tried to shear too fat. - RBW


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 138-139, "Tambaroora Ted" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 198-200, "Tambaroora Ted" (1 text)
  3. BI, FaE138


Author: unknown
Earliest date: "Tomahawking Fred" prined 1912 by Jack Bradshaw; collected in 1974 from Joe Watson by Warren Fahey
Found in: Australia