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Uke Lyr Req: The Wool Commandeer (G Meek, F Fyfe) (21) RE: Lyr Req: NZ song wool commandeer 10 Apr 06

Here's some information about the interesting life of George Meek, who wrote the words to 'Wool Commandeer'. It comes from Les Cleveland's 'Great NZ Songbook' (1991, p.123):

George Meek, the son of a railwayman, was born in Otago in 1881. He gained a reputation as a singer of comic songs at concerts around Dundein, usually in company with a friend known as 'Black Ned'. He worked as a [sheep] station clerk at Benmore and later at Galloway, where he came into contact with the folklore and traditions of the big South Island high-country sheep stations. He joined the staff of Dalgety and Company in Dunedin about 1910, transferring to Gore in 1918 and to Oamaruin 1922. He was interested in writing and contributed to the Sydney 'Bulletin'. He also dabbled in advertising and is thought to be the creator of 'Sergeant Dan the Cremoata Man', who appeared as a role model on the packet of a well-known brand of cereal food for many years. A collection of Meek's verses ["Station Days in Maoriland"], featuring local characters and scenes from around the North Otago-South Canterbury area, was published in 1952. Before his death in 1953, he founded the Pioneer Gallery of the North Otago Museum in Oamaru with his collection of historical materials."

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