Australian Flag Botany Bay - "Farewell to old England forever"
Like a rollicking sea shanty another  song which typifies some aspects of the Australian character.

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Singing too-rall, li-oo-rall, li-ad-di-ty,
Singing too-rall, li-oo-rall, li-ay,
Singing too-rall, li-oo-rall, li-ad-di-ty
Oh we are bound for Botany Bay
Oh we are bound for Botany Bay.
Verse 1
Farewell to Old England forever
Farewell to my old pals as well
Farewell to the well known Old Bailee
Where I once used to be such a swell
Where I once used to be such a swell.
Verse 2
There's the captain as is our commandeer,
There's bo'sun and all the ship's crew
There's first and the second class passengers,
Knows what we poor convicts goes through
Knows what we poor convicts goes through.
Verse 3
'Taint leaving Old England we cares about,
'Taint 'cos we mispells wot we knows
But becos all we light finger'd gentry
Hop's around with a log on our toes.
Hop's around with a log on our toes.
Verse 4
Oh had I the wings of a turtle-dove,
I'd soar on my pinions so high,
Slap bang to the arms of my Polly love,
And in her sweet presence I'd die
And in her sweet presence I'd die.
Verse 5
Now all my young Dookies and Duchesses,
Take warning from what I've to say,
Mind all is your own as you touch-es-es,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay.

Strip of five 5cent stamps issued by Australia Post to celebrate the bicentenary of the discovery of the east coast of Australia by
Captain James Cook in 1770

Strip of five 5cent stamps  to celebrate the discovery of the east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook in 1770


A Brief History about the Discovery of Australia

On the 29th April 1770 a British ship named the Endeavour,  and under the command of James Cook,  anchored in what was later named Botany Bay.  Botany Bay is now surrounded by  the  suburbs  of Sydney.  Later  in August 1770,   Captain James Cook in the name of King George 111 of Great Britain, claimed possession of the whole east coast of Australia, at first he called it New Wales.  He later changed it to New South Wales.

Ten years after the naming of Botany Bay  the first fleet left Britain in May 1787 and reached Botany Bay on January 19-20-1788.  There were eleven vessels which carried  about 730 convicts and 250 free settlers

This is not a history lesson about the discovery of Australia.  If you want more detailed and accurate information may I suggest you go to an encyclopaedia.  However if some knowledgeable person or persons  want to correct me please do so.  Just go to my e-mail and information page and e-mail away. 

Verses of this Song
If you read the verses of this song you will realize that many of the original settlers were convicts and subjected to a  cruel,  a very desperate and hard life -   in a strange inhospitable land - as were the free settlers.  Yet in spite of this I believe this song more so than any other relating to Australia shows  a great spirit of optimism, which even today typifies the character of Australians  no matter where they originally came from.  Unfortunately this can sometimes be misinterpreted as cheekiness, cockiness or even arrogance.

One of the most evil and notorious penal colonies was situated at Port Arthur in Tasmania, where apart from the extreme cruelty meted out to the prisoners,  the total population of Aboriginals bar one were killed.  I think every Australian feels, sorrow and regret for the appalling and inhuman  treatment of the Aboriginals along with the prisoners. 

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