The Wild Colonial Boy.....The Ballad of Jack Duggan

There was a wild colonial boy
Jack DUGGAN was his name
He was born and reared in Ireland
In the town of Castlemaine;
He was his father's only son,
His mother's pride and joy
And dearly did his parents love
The Wild Colonial Boy.

At the early age of sixteen years
He left his native home
And to Australia's sunny shores
He was inclined to roam.
He robbed the rich to ehlp the poor,
He shot James McEvoy,
A terror to Australia was
The Wild Colonial Boy.

One morning on the prairie
As Jack he rode along
Listening to the mocking bird
Singing his cheerful song
Out jumped three troopers Brave and bold,
Kelly, Davis and Fitzroy,
They all set out to capture him
The Wild Colonial Boy.

There are more verses....if you know some, please send them to me.................Lyman

NEWS FROM DUGGANS DOWN UNDER

To: lyman@mail.cyberspy.com
From: centre@netc.net.au (The Centre)
Subject: Duggan Newsletter

G'day Lyman. Happy New Year to you and all the cousins. I hope that you enjoyed your sail. Thank you for all the back issues of the newsletter, the william.doc and the gedcom file that you sent me. I have searched all of them ... but alas ... no connections ...yet. It will be a couple more months before I have all my info on disk. I will send you a copy then.

By the way, your cousin Dave contacted me and our daughters have subsequently exchanged their first e-mail.

I noticed in some of the newsletters that you were interested in obtaining the words to "The Wild Colonial Boy". Well... a quick look in the local library and I found 6 versions of the tune plus a couple of variations on the lyrics. One version has a bloke by the name of Jack Doolan as the wild colonial boy; in another, a guy called Jack Donahue; with a third using the correct name ... Jack Duggan... of course. So without further ado, here are the words (well one version at least):

There was a wild colonial boy,
Jack Duggan was his name,
Of poor but honest parents
he was born in Castlemaine.
He was his father's only hope,
his mother's pride and joy,
And dearly did his parents love
the wild colonial boy. Chorus

Then, come all me hearties,
we'll range the mountain side;
Together we will plunder,
together we will ride.
We'll scour along the valleys
and gallop o'er the plains,
We scorn to live in slavery
bowed down with iron chains.

In 'sixty-one this daring youth
commenced his wild career;
With a heart that knew now danger,
no foeman did he fear;
He stuck up the Beechworth mailcoach
and robbed Judge MacEvoy
Who trembled and gave up his gold
to the wild colonial boy.

He bade the judge good morning,
and told him to beware,
That he'd never rob a hearty chap
who acted on the square;
And never to rob a mother of
her son and only joy,
Or else you may turn outlaw like
the wild colonial boy.

One day as he was riding
the mountain side along,
A-listening to the little birds
their pleasant laughing song.
Three mounted troopers came in view,
Kelly, Davis and Fitzroy,
They thought that they would capture him,
the wild colonial boy.

"Surrender now, Jack Duggan,
you see there's three to one,
Surrender now, Jack Duggan,
you daring highwayman!"
Jack drew a pistol from his belt
and spun it like a toy, "
I'll fight but I won't surrender," said
the wild colonial boy.

He fired at trooper Kelly
and brought him to the ground,
And in return from Davis
received a mortal wound.
All shattered through the jaws
he lay still firing at Fitzroy,
And that's the way they captured him,
the wild colonial boy.

NOTE:

(a) There is another Australian Bush Ballard titled "Bold Jack Donahue", in which some of the lines are the same as those found in The Wild Colonial Boy.

(b) As far as I can ascertain, there is no record in Australia of a bushranger named Jack Duggan or Jack Doolan. There was one named Jack Donahue.

(c) Beechworth was a major gold mining town last century and is located approx 50km east of where I am, and

(d) There was a Judge named MacEvoy.

Do any of the cousins have other versions. This could be the beginings of a Wild Colonial Boy songbook... the Duggan e-mail edition. While I'm in this sharing mood, here are a few good internet sites that I have found on my recent travels:

Genserv (the genealogical server): http://soback.kornet.nm.kr/~cmanis/ (Provides general info. Access to their genealogy data is via contribution of gedcom files).

The North of Ireland Family History Society:http://www.os.qub.ac.uk/nifhs/ (Just a general info page plus membership details, I am going to give them a try)

The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland: http://www.nics.gov.uk/pubsec/proni/pro-home.htm

National Archives of Ireland: http://147.252.133.152/nat-arch/genealogy.html

I have yet to try these last two. Will let you know their value when I do. For those cousins interested in the worl 'downunder' a definitive list of Australian web sites can be found at: http://www.gwb.com.au/gwb/guide.html

Lyman feel free to edit this rather long letter any way you wish. BFN Neil

PS: And if you want a good laugh, then here are some pages devoted to the quotable INSULTS of another Irishman: the Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating. at: http://www.st.nepean.uws.edu.au/~kfletche/keating.html

Neil Duggan
Surface: RMB 4850 Glenrowan 3675 Victoria Australia

Neil......many thanks for the words to the song....when I read your email it is with the voice of Paul Hogan for some reason.. Glad to see the girls exchanging email...I hope a lot of the kids in the family will do that...its a great idea...we all look forward to seeing your data when you have it together.................Lyman 


CAHIR O'DOHERTY has played with some of the top names in the music scene: The Everly Brothers, Tom Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Englebert Humperdinck, The Rolling Stones, Ben E, King, Van Morrison and that was in his home land of Ireland.

He started out as a rock and blues singer in Ireland and soared to success there. He has had many number one records and was the star of the hit Rice Webber musical " Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

When Cac comes to Tampa, I try to catch his show...He knows when I walk in that he is going to have to sing the Wild Colonial Boy if he wants any peace at all. And we sometimes get to have a Guinness together when he is on break!........Lyman.


About the Wild Colonial Boy
Jack Duggan was his name
Of poor but honest parents
was born in Castlemaine
He was his father's favourite
and his mother's only joy
And dearly did they always love
the Wild Colonial Boy

Chorus

So come along my hearties
we'll roam the mountain side
Together we will plunder
together we will ride
We'll ride over hills and mountains
and gallop over the plains
For we scorn to die in slavery
bound down by iron chains

He was scarcely sixteen years of age
when he left his father's home
And through Australia's sunny climes
the bushranger did roam
He robbed those loyal squatters
and their flocks he did destroy
And a terror to Australia
was the Wild Colonial Boy

Oh Jack strolled out one morning
and he softly rode along
Listening to the mocking bird
their merry laughing song
Up rode three mounted troopers
Davis Kelly and Fitzroy
And of course rode up to capture
the Wild Colonial Boy

"Surrender now Jack Duggan
you see there's three to one
Surrender in the Queen's name
you outlaw plundering son"
Jack drew a pistol from his belt
and he flashed the little toy
"I'll fight but not surrender"
cried the Wild Colonial Boy

Now he fired at trooper Kelly
and he brought him to the ground
And in return from Davis
he received a dreadful wound
With one leg in the saddle
still firing at Fitzroy
Now that's the way they
captured the Wild Colonial Boy 


From: SJDuggan@aol.com
Date sent: Sat, 5 Oct 1996
To: Lyman@cyberspy.com
Subject: The Wild Colonial Boy

About twenty years ago, I bought a record with a bunch of Irish songs on it, including The Wild colonial Boy and Brennan on the Moor. I can't find the record, but I know all the words. I think the group was the Clancy Bros, but I am not sure. The first two verses went pretty much like the first two you had on the home page.

At the early age of 16 years,
He left his native home.
And to Australia's sunny shores'
He was inclined to roam.
He robbed the Rich,
He helped the poor,
He shot James McEvoy,
A terror to Australia was,
The Wild Colonial Boy.

One morning on the prairie,
As Jack he rode along,
Listening to the mockingbird
singing a mournful song
Up stepped a band of troopers,
Kelly, Davis And Fitzroy
They all set out to capture him,
The Wild Colonial Boy.

Surrender now, Jack Duggan,
for You see we're three to one.
Surrender in the King's High name,
You are a murdering son.
Jack pulled two pistols from his belt
And proudly waved them high.
I'll fight, but no surrender!"
cried the Wild Colonial Boy.

Jack fired a shot at Kelly,
Which brought him to the ground.
And turning round to Davis
he received a fatal wound
A bullet pierced his proud young heart
From the pistol of Fitzroy
And that was how they captured him,
The Wild Colonial Boy.

There wasn't any chorus with the song, but they probably just left it out to keep the song shorter. 


Wild Colonial Boy

About the Wild Colonial Boy
Jack Duggan was his name
Of poor but honest parents was born in Castlemaine
He was his father's favourite
and his mother's only joy
And dearly did they always love t
he Wild Colonial Boy

Chorus
So come along my hearties
we'll roam the mountain side
Together we will plunder
together we will ride
We'll ride over hills and mountains
and gallop over the plains
For we scorn to die in slavery
bound down by iron chains

He was scarcely sixteen years of age
when he left his father's home
And through Australia's sunny climes
the bushranger did roam
He robbed those loyal squatters
and their flocks he did destroy
And a terror to Australia was t
he Wild Colonial Boy

Oh Jack strolled out one morning
and he softly rode along
Listening to the mocking bird
their merry laughing song
Up rode three mounted troopers
Davis Kelly and Fitzroy
And of course rode up to capture him,
the Wild Colonial Boy

"Surrender now Jack Duggan
you see there's three to one
Surrender in the Queen's name
you outlaw plundering son"
Jack drew a pistol from his belt
and he flashed the little toy
"I'll fight but not surrender"
cried the Wild Colonial Boy

Now he fired at trooper Kelly
and he brought him to the ground
And in return from Davis
he received a dreadful wound
With one leg in the saddle
still firing at Fitzroy
Now that's the way they captured
the Wild Colonial Boy

Notes

This version from Simon McDonald of Creswick, Vic. Simon McDonald began his musical life playing tin whistle in his father's dance band at the age of seven. His repetoire of songs included a number of Australian songs as well as a large number of Anglo-Irish ballads and dance tunes both traditional and popular.

Searchable archives of Irish transports are now available on the WWW The National Archives of Ireland - System of Transportation

Click on the link or type in this address: http://147.252.133.152/nat-arch/transportation.html

Visit this site to hear the song:
http://www.chepd.mq.edu.au/boomerang/songNet/098.html


WILD COLONIAL BOYS HOME PAGE...... click here

Geez you might know, they are from Canada!




From:            "Ian Dann" <idann@cnl.com.au>
Subject:         Identity of Jack Duggan, the Wild Colonial Boy
Date sent:       Tue, 15 Feb 2000 11:22:39 +1100

Suspects -

1. My grandfather, Jack Duggan  born in 1878 at Chewton about  2 miles
from Castlemaine. 2. His son, Jack Jr born in 1907 at Castlemaine. 3. His
cousin's son, Jack born in 1916 at Castlemaine.

Evidence -

- My mother recalled her father regularly singing about himself although
he didn't seem to know all the words. - Jack Sr was certainly a colonial
boy, although results of our recent referendum don't rule the other Jacks
out either. - Jack Sr certainly had his wild moments, although my mother
didn't relate any boyhood stouches with the law. Perhaps she wasn't told
either. - Jack Sr was born of poor & honest parents, Tom & Agnes (nee
McCance) whereas the parents of the other Jacks, although not rich, were
not poor either.

Conclusion -

Forget about supposed Irish connections, since Tom Duggan and his father
Richard came from Glamorganshire in Wales. Perhaps the Irish connection
was through the McCances. The Wild Colonial Boy was John Robert Duggan
(1878-1950) a horse stable and later garage proprieter in Castlemaine,
born and buried at Chewton. So let's tak a right guid-willie waught for
auld Jack Duggan.