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Thread #113225   Message #2411519
Posted By: GeoffLawes
12-Aug-08 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
Subject: RE: Oz Rent Strike Song from 30's
Thank you for al the responses, there are some interesting new pieces of information about the song. I am sorry I have not repied earlier but I have only just got back from holiday. The radio script form which I first learned of the song can be found HERE
It may be of interest to you JennieG as it refers to Norman Brown about half way through.
My own interest in the song was sparked by my attempts to track down a man called Jack Atkinson who probably took part in the rent strike movement in the thirties.I am trying to find out as much as I can about the eight men from Hull,UK, who volunteered to go and fight for the Spanish Republic against Franco in the thirties.

From the newspaper obituary of Jack Atkinson who was killed at the battle of Jarama, I read that he had spent time in OZ and had been involved in political activity in Brisbane and Sydney including eviction resistance. I followed up a reference in the obituary and ended up in touch with Daryl Croke in Australia who told me that Jack Atkinson does not seem to be known to history there. Like me, Daryl thinks that Jack Atkinson led an amazing life for one who died so young,(killed by a sniper at 25) and is now trying to uncover more of JA's story. It was Daryl who searched out and sent me the link.

When I saw the song fragment in the radio programme I was curious about it and being a Mudcatter thought it worth seeing if anyone knew anything more about it. The Union Songs site to which Mark Gregory gave the link suggests that the song was sung to the tune of I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles but I'm not sure that this is correct.
Does anyone know for sure?