Was originally published in 1976 and although the reviews were very good and the first edition sold out it was decided not to do a reprint because of the high cost involved.
It has since become a rare and hard to get item and after receiving numerous enquiries, a decision was made to reprint a small edition containing all the songs exactly as they had appeared in the first edition.
Originally published in 1973 this collection soon sold out and has since been unavailable. These ballads show the Australian male???s worst side in a humorous light. This is an important work in Australian folklore, and the material was mainly collected in north Queensland. For folklore students. 56 pages, 39 ballads each with notes.
By Keith McKenry. Australia's Lost Folk Songs is number 25 in the longstanding series of Australian Folklore Occasional Papers.
It is dedicated to the memory of Ron Edwards, founder of the Rams Skull Press and Australia's most prolific collector of folk songs and bush craft, who died while the book was being prepared for printing.
Happily, the book is graced by Ron's delightful illustrations. He was a giant in the field of Australian folklore.
By Sydney H. Ray. Edited and illustrated by Ron Edwards. The only available dictionary of Eastern and Western Island languages. Drawn from Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres…