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‘The Men from Snowy River’

born on Wiradjuri land,
was a writer of ballads.
He’s a dead white man,
but still recited and revered.
A horse, a he horse,
imprisoned on unnamed land (Ngarigo),
he escapes
and joins the other escapees,
the brumbies.
How dare he!
Harrison, Clancy
and other stockmen chase.
Chase hard –
thunder and bash and trash the land.
A lad does this too,
and now the stockmen
tell the story of his ride.
And the school students recite
the story of his ride.
In this ballad, where are the Ngarigo?
And what were the women doing?


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