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Freedom On The Wallaby

Rating: 2.8

Australia's a big country
An' Freedom's humping bluey,
An' Freedom's on the wallaby
Oh! don't you hear 'er cooey?
She's just begun to boomerang,
She'll knock the tyrants silly,
She's goin' to light another fire
And boil another billy.

Our fathers toiled for bitter bread

While loafers thrived beside 'em,
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Terry Craddock 21 May 2015

A beautiful folk tail set with colonial language, defining the making of Australia, the breaking in of a Pacific nation, and the national pride in determination; to retain freedom and a good quality of life for the descendants of colonists who broke the country in. A wonderful colourful write by Henry Lawson, defining at the time of writing, what it was to be an Australian citizen proud of establishing a new civilized nation. Worth reading several times to appreciate the Australian colloquial language. I love Lawson's best poverty with a passion.

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