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This folk song describes the feelings of a group of English convicts as they are transported to Australia.

Captain Cook landed in Botany Bay, named it New South Wales and claimed it for Britain in 1770, the same year in which Ludwig van Beethoven was born. Botany Bay, in New South Wales, just south of where Sydney lies today, is also where the first fleet of soldiers and convicts landed eight years later, in 1788. Under Governor Philip they built the first British settlement in Australia. .

The tune was composed by Joseph Williams in 1885, for a musical comedy show staged in London and Melbourne, called 'Little Jack Sheppard'. The tune and the words (by Stevens and Yardley) became very popular, and it became widely regarded as an Australian folk song.
Category: Folk Song Solo Featuring Violin Traditional Period
Time Signature 3 /4 Key Signature   Eb Major also featuring Piano Play MP3 using player below.

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