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Posted By: Steve Gardham
11-Jun-14 - 04:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Hi Fergus.
Off the top of my head I don't think any of the Child Ballads turned up in Oz other than the really common ones like The Mermaid and Golden Vanity. Probably because the collecting of folk songs in Australia didn't really get going until the 50s with people like Meredith and Anderson. Earlier anthologies tended to be obsessed with native poetry and transportation ballads and outlaws. If you can turn up some more obscure ones in old manuscripts that would be wonderful. People from Scotland and England did settle in and were transported to Oz so there must have been some at one time.