The Australian Bush Ballad

The bush ballad has been around in Australia since the early days of settlement. Bush ballads are poems but they are a little different to traditional poems as they usually tell a story of some sort and they are often irreverent and amusing.

Bush ballads combine rhyme and meter and are often written about characters and places that exist for from cities and the pressure of city life.

Australia has a number of very famous bush balladeers but the two who stand out above all others are Banjo Patteron and Henry Lawson.

I have been fortunate enough to travel Australia for many years and along the way I wrote my own contributions to this very Australian form of poetry. This blog contains my own bush ballads combined with a number of photographs I have taken on my travels.

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