‘The Ram of Albury’


The Australian 'Ram of Dalby' represents an adaptation of an English landsman's song to the Australian situation. 'The Albury Ram', however, represents a fusion of a lands man's and a seaman's song. An instance of straight adaptation of a sea song to the Australian land can be found in Lahey's version of 'Ladies of Brisbane', which Lahey says was written in the 1890's but which is manifestly a taking over of the old sea song that Whall names as 'Farewell and Adieu' and that Hugill gives as 'Spanish Ladies'.

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Published 1 October 1969 in Volume 4 No. 2. Subjects: Ballads, Popular & folk poetry.

Cite as: Smithyman, Kendrick. ‘‘The Ram of Albury’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, 1969, doi: 10.20314/als.eb0c73fc64.