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0 7131 8110 9
Biography - Australia - The Great Depression
first edition; 1985 printing
A Bluey of Swaggies – Edel Wignell
ISBN: 0 7131 8110 9
© Edel Wignell
Published by: Edward Arnold Australia Pty Ltd, Caulfield East Victoria – 1985
Printed by: Brown Prior Anderson Pty Ltd Burwood
Format: glossy pictorial softcover
Pages: 124 numbered pages
Size: 17.3cm x 23.7cm x 1.0cm
Mass: approx 330g
Special Attributes: First published in 1985 – first edition/ presumed first printing; pictorial heavycard softcover; sown binding; comprises high quality (high gloss) papers; contains 10 sections/ chapters plus 'summing up' section; extracts from source documents incorporated in text; black and white illustrations (photographs/ photographic reproductions/ drawings/ sketches) incorporated as part of printed page; glossary; bibliography; red endpapers
Condition: Used (generally very good condition); uncreased spine; minor cover wear/ creasing; minor bleaching (spine/ cover); some loosening of stitching
Text: appears little read – textbody is sound, clean, and free of previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting
Cover: rubbing wear top and bottom of spine with localised loss/ retraction of printcolour layer at bottom of spine'; general rubbing wear (front and backcover) with associated loss of glossy finish (backcover and, to a lesser extent, frontcover); rubbing wear cover edges (front and backcover); oblique creasing area associated with upper free corner (backcover); turning/ rubbing wear upper and lower free corner apices (front and backcover); several minor holding creasing/ crescent indentations (fingertip impression) noticed backcover; several minor vertical holding creasing lines noticed lower frontcover; minor bleaching/ fading of spine printcolour; minor scoring/ indentations (front and backcover) due to contact with grit or similar
Description: Collection of tales, anecdotes, songs, poems that relate to swagmen and their way of life. According to the backcover, “'A Bluey of Swaggies' celebrates a way of life that has passed into history. The stories, poems, jokes and songs in this delightful collection are drawn from the folklore which grew up around the swagmen who roamed Australia at the turn of the century.”
An entry on the abebooks.com website states, in part, “Australian folklore contains hundreds of anecdotes, stories, poems and songs about the men on the track. This collection reprints a few of them, concentrating on the old-time swagmen rather than those of the great Depression”
An entry on the edelwignell.com.au website classifies the book as “for ages 10 years-adult”
An entry on the answers.com website states, in part, “'swag' ....part of the vocabulary of the Australian outback meaning, according to an 1857 definition, 'portable luggage that can be carried on the person'. That meaning has persisted to the present day, although many other different words, e.g. 'matilda', 'shiralee', 'bluey' and 'drum', have been used to denote the bundle of possessions that itinerant work-seekers (and avoiders) carried from place to place.”
“The swag, a tightly rolled, sausageshaped bundle, usually contained a blue blanket, hence 'bluey' for the swag itself, a waterproof sheet, spare clothes and personal odds and ends. The swag was slung over the shoulder by a piece of leather or rope and from it hung a sugar bag of food and a billy for making tea. Carrying the swag has been variously described as 'humping the bluey', 'humping the drum' and 'waltzing matilda'.”
“Derivatives of swag include 'swagman' and 'swaggie', while variations of 'swagman' include 'bagman', from the English term for a commercial traveller; 'tramp', applicable to all itinerants, especially in the Depression years of the 1920s and 1930s; 'sundowner', because of the habit of arriving at a homestead or station at sundown, thus avoiding the risk of having to work for food; and 'whaler', itinerants like the Bulletin's 'Scotty the Wrinkler', who travelled the inland rivers such as the Murrumbidgee, the Murray and the Darling.”
“The profession of swag-carrying has produced a large vocabulary of associated colloquialisms, e.g. 'on the wallaby' denoting being on the track, and 'roll the swag' meaning to quit one's job.”
Contains (estimated) 36 black and white illustrations (17 photographs/ 13 photographic reproductions; 6 drawings) plus cover illustrations (black and white photograph – frontcover; stylistic colour sketch – backcover)
illustrated title page
Acknowledgements (incl. photographs/ illustrations)
table of Contents
Who were the Swagmen?
HUMPING THE DRUM – anon (verse)
The Australian Swagman – 'Chambers' Journal'
Tramping Round- 'Bulletin'
THE SWAGMAN – anon (lyrics)
A Mixed Lot – 'Bulletin'
THE SPRINGTIME IT BRINGS ON SHEARING – anon (verse)
Two Sydney Rounds – 'Bulletin'
ON THE WALLABY – Henry Lawson (poem)
Rough Sketches of Colonial Life: Bush travellers – 'Hamilton Spectator'
The Superior Swagman – Wilbur G. Howcroft
TJHE DEAD SWAGMAN – Nancy Cato (verse)
A Fair Question – Wilbur G. Howcroft
THE S0NG OF THE SUNDOWNER – anon (verse)
Got any ducks? – James Kirby
Retirement – Wilbur G. Howcroft
The Lazy Aussie – Bill Wannan
City Bloke – Bill Wannan
Waters – George Farwell
The 'Matilda Waltzers' Union – 'Australian Worker'
The Bagmen's Union of Australia – Bill Beatty
'BUDGEE WHALERS – Charles Shaw (poem)
The Romance of the Swan – Henry Lawson
Bill's Swag – Henry Lawson
THE SWAGMAN – Ruth Park (poem)
Found: A Swag – 'Narrabri Herald'
Matilda's Grave – Bill Beatty
Travelling Clothes and Comforts – John Le Gay Brereton
A Feed for the Flies – Walter K. Harris
Three, Two and a Quarter
Mitchell: A Character Sketch – Henry Lawson
The Swagman Question – 'Hamilton Spectator'
Travellers – 'Hamilton Spectator'
The Swagman Nuisance – 'Hamilton Spectator'
The Outlaw's Friends – William McGuffin
Jack Dow's Mutton – Bill Wannan
Swagmen at the Feeding Track – Marcus Clarke
THE FEEDING TRACK – anon (verse)
The Last Sundowner – Victor I. Daley
Bush Tucker and Bush Cooking
Mitchell: A Character Sketch – Henry Lawson
THE SHEARER'S SONG – anon (lyrics)
THE BILLY OF TEA – anon (lyrics)
The Last Match – 'Australian Sketcher'
Old Swaggies' saying – Wilbur G. Howcroft
THE OLD BARK HUT – anon (lyrics)
The Silent Swaggie – Wilbur G. Howcroft
Merry Christmas – Walter K. Harris
ON THE ROAD TO GUNDEGAI – anon (lyrics)
Signing In – Walter K. Harris
AUSTRALIA'S ON THE WALLABY – anon (verse)
THE WALLABY BRIGADE – anon (lyrics)
Travellers – Alan Marshall
THE RAMBLE-EER – anon (lyrics)
Epitaph to Jonesy – Reginald Ottley
Letting the Red Steer Loose
Swampy Seeks Rations – Henry Lawson
Bush Fires – 'Hamilton Spectator'
A Little Yellow Flame – Mary Grant Bruce
The Best Woolshed on the Warroo – 'Rolf Boldrewood'
REDJACK – Mary Durack (poem)
The Story of 'Waltzing Matilda'
WALTZING MATILDA (Carrying a Swag) (lyrics)
WALTZING MATILDA ('Billy Tea' version) (lyrics)
publishers' note (backcover)
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