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Bob Bolton Lyr Add: Convicts Rum Song (9) RE: Lyr Add: Convicts Rum Song 13 Dec 11

G'day Jim,

Full version ... well the subjects of the song might be full - but the verses are infinite!

BTW: In the early days of the New South Wales Settlement, around Sydney (and pretty well anywhere else in the early days) "Rum" was a de facto currency. The rotgut in question was a controlled import: i.e. the British Marines made sure nobody else got away with bringing any in ... and what they bought from South American rough distilleries was aguardente ... ~ "firewater"!

This led to the enduring 'nickname / epithet' for said Marines as the Rum Corps!



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