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jack halyard Anderson's Coast John Warner (33) RE: Anderson's Coast John Warner 05 Jun 04

Anderson's Coast is one of a collection I wrote to be used at Coal Creek historical village, Korumburra, Victoria.
I was looking at a number of stories about the development of that part of Gippsland.

I was reading about the expedition conducted by Count Strzlecki, who was close to starvation and living on raw koala brought down from the trees by an aboriginal guide, Charlie Tarra. The four or so men of the expedition found a group of convicts from Van Diemen's land living in a deserted stockade. These convicts fed the explorers, and guided them to Anderson, a local squatter who laid claim to about 40 miles of the Gippsland coast. There is still a small settlement called Anderson and Anderson's inlet. Anderson reported the arrival of the explorers and looked after them. It is believed the convicts were pardoned for their assistance to the explorers

I walked on one of those beaches when I was about 13 years old, on a cold, windy day with Bass strait looking as desolate as I had ever seen it, and that memory came forcibly back to me when I considered those marooned convicts, unable to travel further in any direction and eking out a miserable survival on feral cattle and bush tucker.
The thought of one of them sitting on that very beach, looking out southward and chewing over hopeless memories precipitated the song.

Anderson's Coast and a number of my other songs are on "Pithead In The Fern" which is a celebration in song of the development and history of the region I lived in during the 1960's.
Any railway freaks may enjoy "trainghosts" which includes the sound of a Victorian Railways J class loco approaching a crossing. A bit of a bugger getting the loco into the studio.

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