The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9631 Message #2848674
Posted By: Jim Carroll
24-Feb-10 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Maid of Australia / Maids of Australia
Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
I have no idea of the accuracy of it, but ballad scholar Bob Thomson put forward the idea that Oxborough Banks referred to Oxborough Hall on the banks of the River Gadder, near Kings Lynn, in Norfolk.
Bob said that there was a settlement nearby made up of transportees who had served their sentences in Australia and returned to the area.
He believed this to be the explanation for why the song was so popular in East Anglia.