Australia's rebel heritage of poetry and song

Gregory, Mark
Date Written:  2016-04-08
Publisher:  Red Flag
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19157

Ballads like the one published in Borough, London, by the famous printer HP Such, had been sold on the streets of the towns and cities from which convicts were transported to Australia from the First Fleet onwards. This street literature was hawked for less than a penny and was sung, or "chaunted" by the seller to a large audience, many of them poor. HP Such's ballad provides us with a sample of the early industrial working class' emotional and political understanding of the rising empire.

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