151. Botany Bay (Henry Stephens and William Yardley)

Ironically, my first exposure to this popular “Australian” ballad is hearing it sung by American folksinger, Burl Ives, on one of my parents’ 78 records. It …
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  1. eric says:

    irish version is waaay better :D, gwan ireland

  2. MzHayz says:

    great job buddy

  3. Jay Smith says:

    i live on botany bay jus down the road from where capt cook landed,

  4. raymondcrooke says:

    You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. BlueSmoothie4Eva says:

    thanks for this, :) I love this song!!!

  6. autopilotflight says:

    Great, 5 stars from me. Nice voice too :-)

  7. themachman19691 says:

    great!used to sing this at school when i was young.ahhh the memories.still
    remember the words as well.thanks

  8. anneinnz says:

    Great stuff! ( My Dad used to sing this in concert 35 – 40 years ago. You
    sing it in a similar spirit. Good memories. Thanks :) )

  9. raymondcrooke says:

    Thanks for listening.

  10. Katherine Challis says:


  11. raymondcrooke says:

    It’s a good song, but it apparently had its origins in the British Music

  12. Docentino says:

    now THAT’s interesting…

  13. raymondcrooke says:

    It seems to be a popular choice for singing at school. I’m sure we sang it
    at primary school back in the 1950s.

  14. markpaulam says:

    MATE!!! your fantastic!

  15. Dylan Perry says:

    @raymondcrooke really? give it back to me then. I’ll use it!

  16. Spook271 says:

    Thanks for the music. Helps with the homesickness.

  17. Trevor Dunen says:

    excellent video check out another good live war tribute song and video at

  18. angurisloud says:

    wow, way to be an ass….

  19. raymondcrooke says:

    Just google it. It’s a very famous poem and will be easy to find on the

  20. raymondcrooke says:

    That guitar was untunable. I don’t use it any more. By the way, have you
    heard this song?: /watch?v=OQL8_gKgMxw

  21. Docentino says:

    I humbly admit to have missed that. I guess I was just in a bad mood about
    the Australia Day and the whole drunken bunch of dumb flag-wavers that
    comes with that. Friends? :)

  22. ZAZY2 says:

    YOU RULE! WE LOVE YOU! xxxxxxxxx

  23. raymondcrooke says:

    And was there a reason you were chosen for that part?

  24. raymondcrooke says:

    I’m glad I could bring back the memories. Thanks for watching.

  25. raymondcrooke says:

    Yes, as I point out in the information box.

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