This song appeared in the Brisbane Worker (editor William Lane) on 18th April 1891 at the height of the Shearers' Strike.
It was brought to the attention of the Australian folk movement by Len Fox (who was then the editor of Common Cause the Miners union paper)
The reference to Price in the song is Colonel Tom Price who is remembered in union history because of his order to his troops at a union demonstration in Melbourne in September 1890 "Fire low, and lay them out".
Tune is 'Rosin the Bow'
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