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Trans-Tasman
Christmas
Quiz

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  1. Paul Metser's "Shotover River" is sung in Western Australia as "Pilbara Desert".

    Pilbara desert, your gold it is waiting,
    It's weeks since the colour I've seen....
    ....But Jimmy the prospector he was another,
    For the plains around Roebourne was bound.

    true false


  2. The Banks of the Condamine, known in many versions throughout Australia, is sung in New Zealand as The Banks of the Waikato

    Oh hark the dogs are barking, my love I must away
    The men are all a-waiting, and no longer can I stay.
    For I am bound for camp my love- 'tis many a mile to go
    To meet my fellow bushmen on the banks of the Waikato.

    true false


  3. Although Davy Lowston is called a "New Zealand" song, it was actually written in Sydney, in about 1812.

    true false


  4. Pokarekare Ana usually describes whatever rippling waters are most significant in the singer's local area. Hence it is now sung by many Australian Maori as

    Pokarekare ana
    Nga wai a Murrumbigee

    true false


  5. Taumarunui is well-known in Oz as
    Cootamundra On The Main Trunk Line.

    Y' kin gedder job in Seedney or gedder job up north
    But y'kentin Cootamundra though y'try fer all yer worth...

    true false


  6. When Martin Curtis sings in Australia, he is sometimes asked if Gin and Raspberry is his variant of this well-known Wongawilli song...

    ...Oh but it's hard, cruel and cold
    Searching Kiandra for nuggets of gold
    An ounce to the bucket and we'll all sell our souls
    For a taste of the Rum and Raspberry

    true false


  7. When Eric Bogle sings in NZ, he is sometimes asked if "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda" is his variant of this well-known Split Enz song

    And the band played Now Is The Hour...

    true false


  8. The Road to Gundigai is derived from a poem written in 1907 by Arawata Bill (William O'Leary), a recluse who lived by the Arawata River south of Haast in South Westland, nearJackson's Bay.

    There's a track winding back
    To my nikau-covered shack
    Along the road to Jackson's Bay.
    Where the rimu trees are growing,
    The Arawata's flowing
    On every rainy day.

    true false


  9. The Shanty by the Way, well-known to NZ folksingers,
    originated in Australia in 1865 as the Public by the way .

    It's a first-rate business section
    Where four bush roads cross and meet
    It stands in a neat and quiet direction
    To rest the weary traveller's feet

    true false


  10. Moreton Bay is a Queensland derivative of this old NZ colonial ballad, Poverty Bay

    One Sunday morning as I went walking
    By Gisborne waters I chanced to stray
    I heard a farmer his fate lamenting
    As in the rainy dipping tank he lay:
    "I am a native of old New Zealand
    And covered now in my native mud
    I'll find that bloody ram that pushed me
    And when I do, you will see some blood."
    *

    true false


    * "Poverty Bay" was recently rediscovered by Richard Mills in his family's archives. Thanks Richard.


BONUS QUESTION
The Beer with no Pub, known in NZ as The Day The Pub Burned Down, was written by Slim Dusty during the Big Dry of 1967, after the Jinadrindi pub, in which he was performing at at time, burnt down in a fire which started after a sudden wind overturned the publican's tinnie barbie.

There'd been a drought for weeks and weeks:
the wells and tanks were dry.
No water flowed along the creeks,
we had no town-supply.
The blazing sun, without relent,
turned all the green to brown -
Imagine our predicament,
the day the pub burned down.

true false


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