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Bob Bolton Lyr Req: A Starry Night for a Ramble (Beers Family (27) RE: Lyr Req: A Starry Night for a Ramble (Beers Family 13 Sep 11

G'day GUEST / 20 Aug 11 - 07:36 AM,

The broadsheets cited above, from Ron Edwards research trip in the 1980s, were widely published in the 'mid-1850s' ... all round Britain and Ireland.

I gather there is at least one dateable printing from a London song sheet printer in 1854. This suggests why it remained such a 'nostalgic' song for the descendants of those who came to Australia in the "Gold Rushes", from ~1852 onwards.

Samuel Bagnal may well have printed a copy a generation ro so later ... but the original clearly pre-dates "the 1870s". The Beers Family (re-worked) version almost certainly has a parallel path from the slightly earlier Americam Gold Rush.



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