What Hume Sang as he Rode Home

 Hume's Tune
I've been tramping through the hills and through the bush and swamps and all
Until I made it back again to journey's end at old Lake George
With the horses and the bullocks and the blokes and carts and dogs
But with only half a fry-pan* and a I'm stuck here with this snooty pom
That pommy bastard William Hovell really he has got some gall
A currency lad, he thinks of me, he says "You think you've seen it all - "

Well, I've been everywhere, man,
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
And trouble I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

I've been to Bethanga, Ebden, Staghorn Flat, Allan’s Flat, Back Creek, Stanley, Everton, Murmungee, Whorouly, Myrtleford, Hansonville, Violet Town, Warrenbayne West, Molyullah, Angleside, Euroa, Lima South, Tatong, Swanpool, Samaria West, Samaria, Mt. Buffalo, Barjarg, Avenel, Seymour, Woodfield, Yarck, Yea, Broadford, Kilmore, Upper Plenty, Mt. Bland (Beveridge), Bulla, St. Albans, Deer Park, Werribee, Lara
and Western Port... no hang on that was Corio Bay**... bloody Hovell can't read map....

* "Genial relations were endangered by the presence of two independent leaders. Divided authority caused petty squabbles. On agreeing to separate and divide the outfit, it was proposed to cut the only tent in two, and the one frying-pan was broken by both men pulling at it."

** Hovell made a mistake of one degree in calculating his longitude. When they arrived at Corio Bay they thought they were at on Western Port.

- From Project Gutenberg Etext of Explorers of Australia by Ernest Favenc

List of place names courtesy of Neil Gill, being where Cairns, Monuments & Memorials of the Hume & Hovell Expedition (1824-1825) were erected in Victoria to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Expedition. [Source: (R.V.H.S.) Victorian Historical Magazine Vol X June 1925 – on microfiche at Latrobe Library, Melbourne]


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