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Posted By: GUEST,Gerry
02-Aug-08 - 09:25 PM
Thread Name: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
Subject: RE: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
There's a snippet of this song on page 144 of Warren Fahey's book, The Balls of Bob Menzies.

At Bankstown and at Newtown
We made the cops feel sore,
We fought well
And they got hell
As we met them at the door.

Fahey writes, Collected by Judy Mackinolty from L. Hall.

Fahey also gives a little background to the song. He says that on Friday 19 June 1931 a near-riot broke out in the Sydney suburb of Newtown when a family was evicted from 143 Union Street. He mentions a similar eviction fight in Bankstown (also a Sydney suburb) a few months earlier.

A more recent song, which may be about the same Newtown incident, is The Siege Of Union Street, by Alistair Hulett, recorded by Hulett and Dave Swarbrick on their 1998 CD, The Cold Grey Light Of Dawn. But Hulett's song is about Union Street in Erskineville (another Sydney suburb) and the date is given as 14 August (no year). So maybe there were two different battles on two different stretches of Union Street.