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Percustard Tunes From Tumbarumba and Mad Dog Morgan (28) RE: Tunes From Tumbarumba Aust and Mad Dog Morgan 25 Jun 02

Here's one.

Dont suppose anyone knows the tune to this?




Throughout Australian history no tongue or pen can tell

Of such preconcerted treachery - there is no parallel -

As the tragic deed of Morgan's death; without warning he was shot,

On Peechelba station, it will never be forgot.

I have oft-times heard of murders in Australia's golden land,

But such an open daylight scene of thirty in a band,

Assembled at the dawn of day, and then to seperate,

Behind the trees, some on their knees, awaiting Morgan's fate.

Too busy was the servant-maid; she trotted half the night

From McPherson's down to Rutherford's the tidings to recite.

A messenger was sent away who for his neck had no regard,

He returned with a troop of traps in hopes of their reward.

But they were all diappointed; McQuinlan was the man

Who fired from his rifle and shot rebellious Dan.

Concealed he stood behind a tree till his victim came in view,

And as Morgan passed his doom was cast - the unhappy man he slew.

There was a rush for trophies, soon as the man was dead;

They cut off his beard, his ears, and the hair from off his head.

In truth it was a hideous sight as he struggled on the ground;

They tore the clothes from off his back and exposed the fatal wound.

Oh, Morgan was the travellers' friend; the squatters all rejoice

That the outlaw's life is at an end, no more they'll hear his voice.

Success attend all highwaymen who do the poor some good;

But my curse attend the treacherous man who'd shed another's blood.

Farewell to Burke, O'Meally, Young Gilbert and Ben Hall,

Likewise to Daniel Morgan, who fell by rifle-ball;

So all young men be warned and never take up arms,

Remember this, how true it is, bushranging hath no charms!

Daniel Morgan 1830 - 1865

"Mad Dan Morgan "

Mad Dan terrorised the Albury district.

It is suspected he had an undiagnosed mental illness because of his big and unpredictable mood swings.

He was known to resort to impulsive cruelty and murders - hence his nickname.

Morgan tortured and murdered victims, and was known to shoot people in the back or while they were sleeping.

Towards the end of his career, he shot a chinese traveller for not understanding him, and shot a horse because it wasn't behaving.

He held up the Peechelba Station on 9th April, holding the householders hostage.

A nursemaid escaped and raised the alarm.

Police staked out the farm and

Mad Dan was shot (in the back) the next morning.

His body was put on public display in Wangaratta before being mutilated by the authorities.

His hair and beard were cut off.

The coroner skinned his face so it could be pegged out to dry by the police superintendant.

His head was cut off and sent to Melbourne for examination by the Melbourne University.

The rest of his body was buried in the Wangaratta cemetary.

There was a public outcry and Government inquiry as a result of his mutilation.

Morgan was one of the characters in the novel "Robbery Under Arms" and several poems were written about him.

In 1976 the film "Mad Dog Morgan" was made about him.

He was 35 when he died.

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