Thatcher's colonial minstrel: A new collection of songs by the inimitable Thatcher.


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Thatcher's Colonial Songs: Forming a complete comic history of the early diggings

Date Created



Bliss: YNB Tha



Melbourne [Australia]


Song Lyrics (descriptions and parodies) by Charles R. Thatcher about Melbourne, and Victoria, Australia. Cover shows the price is sixpence. The songster was published and printed by Charlwood and Son in Bourke Street, Melbourne, while the retailer is given as Cole's Book Arcade in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Music is not provided, but a note regarding what tune the song should be sung to is given at the start of the lyric.
Also includes 'The Victoria Songster: Containing new and original colonial songs together with a choice selection of the most popular songs of the day', published by Charlwood and Son, 1860. [37 pages are missing between p 109- 145]

Table Of Contents

Taking the census
Old acquaintances: Or, Ten days' later news
Who wouldn't be a digger
Colonial courtship, or, Love in the diggings
The loafers' customs
Taking 'em by surprise
The lady and the bullock driver
Parody on the grenadier
The rowdy mob
Chinamen in court
Life of a warden
The Bendigo races
Laying information
Hurrah for Australia
Sailors on the diggings
The dog nuisance
London cries
The public man
Getting colonized
Trotters O
Colonial curiousities
The song of the trap
The dream of home
Lake Burrumbeet
Tom Jones
Scrumptious young gals
Mary's dream
Ballarat in 1855
Petticoat Lane
State of the market
The Chinaman
The rifle brigade
Changes since 1852
The faithless nursemaid
The fight at the rush
The cockney's lament
The Chinaman's fate
A new chum's letter
Poll the grogseller
When we're out on the spree
Moggy's wedding
The fine fat saucy Chinaman
I remember
The abode of happiness
To the West End
A Chinese barney on the diggings
The natural history of the loafer
Making a pile
Look out below
parody on 'Death of Nelson'
That'll tell you about emigration
Poor Ching Chong
Australia versus England
The rising generation
Grand meeting of the dogs on Bendigo
Take me back
How lightly the vessel
Going to shout
Willie, we have missed you
The affecting narrative of Chink A-Li
I'm the pet of my papa
land, ho! Land, ho!
Reminiscences of Brighton
The Cameron men
Things you don't often see
Bobbing around
Australian humbugs
A cheerful glass
English imitations
White washed Yankee
The disappointed girl
I'm leaving thee in sorrow, Annie
Yankee fixin's
The voyage to Australia
Encore verses to Petticoat Lane
My Mary Anne
Smoke not
Wait for the waggon
Toll the bell for Lilla Dale
Old dog tray


Thatcher, Charles [lyrics]


Minstrel (song lyric book)


184p., 10.5cm



Temporal Coverage


Hocken Bliss Collection



Is Part Of

Thatcher's colonial minstrel


Thatchers Colonial Minstrel - 1864 - YNB Tha - 002.jpg


Charles R. Thatcher (Charles Robert), 1831-1878., “Thatcher's colonial minstrel: A new collection of songs by the inimitable Thatcher.,” | OUR Heritage, accessed June 25, 2024,