Tracey Petersen wrote: "'The Wild Colonial Boys' is about John Donohoe. John Donohoe arrived in Sydney in 1825 from Ireland. In 1828 he was convicted of highway robbery and was sentenced to death. Donohoe escaped and began a guerrilla war against Sydney's wealthy. Two years later he was shot dead near Cambelltown by police."


There are many versions of this song (some are Irish).

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Tracey Petersen for contributing and commenting on this song!

Thank you very much!