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Joybell Origins: The Catalpa (33) RE: Origins: The Catalpa FOUND AUTHOR 10 May 12


I may have found the author of "The Calalpa". If we can believe Perth's newspaper, The Western Mail, on June 2nd 1916 -- it was Walter Howson. Howson was a singer, minstrel, musician, performing in Australia from 1848. He was part of a large family of performers.
The newspaper article tells the story of the Caltalpa and goes on to say the song was Howson's "popular music hall composition". The chorus of the song is given. It's the same song alright.
I have to mention the name of the writer of the article -- Hugh Kalyptus. Great name!
Cheers, Joy


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