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Posted By: aussiebloke
15-Oct-00 - 09:53 AM
Thread Name: Banned Music?
Subject: RE: Banned Music?
When Britannia Ruled the Waves
Roger Corbett of the Bushwackers (Australia) wrote a song called: 'When Britannia Ruled the Waves'.

It is fairly uncomplimentary about the Brits and their Colonial policies...

Liner notes on the Bushies compilation CD 'So Far 1974 - 1994' read: The British invaders perpetrated every human rights violation in the book and left us with rabbits, foxes and prickly pear in plague numbers. During a visit to Australia by the Queen, this song was deemed 'too hot' for the band to play on the Mike Walsh Show* and the headlines of the day screamed that the Bushwackers had caused a Royal Rumpus'.

* Mike Walsh Show was a hugely popular daytime variety TV show.

Bold Jack Donahue
The following info gleaned from: Builders Labourers Songbook first published by Widescope (Australia) 1975.
Jack Donahue was a famous/infamous convict bushranger active in New South Wales in the late 1820's; he was shot dead in 1830, but his spirit lived on in the song Bold Jack Donahue written shortly after his death. It was widely used as an expression of popular rebellion, and in 1835, men and women were being goaled for singing it in Sydney pubs.

The Wild Colonial Boy
I seem to remember that there was also a time in Australia when you could get a flogging for singing The Wild Colonial Boy, but cannot find a reference to this at present...