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History and development of Australian Folk music

"The first white men to settle Australia were London pickpockets,Irish rick burners, and poachers from the midlands, already the inheritors of a long tradition of folk music, With the Londoners, this tradition was overlayed by professional:missing the comforts of the gin palace and the entertainers of Vauxhall and the Cremorne, the townsmen were at a loss. But the boys from the country found the colonial conditions a little harder than those they had left behind, and were prepared to go on singing in their ancestral ways.

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