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The Ballad of Cockatoo Dock

Written by: Andrew Barton Paterson | Biography
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 Of all the docks upon the blue 
There was no dockyard, old or new, 
To touch the dock at Cockatoo. 

Of all the ministerial clan 
There was no nicer, worthier man 
Than Admiral O'Sullivan. 

Of course, we mean E. W. 
O'Sullivan, the hero who 
Controlled the dock at Cockatoo. 

To workmen he explained his views -- 
"You need not toil unless you choose, 
Your only work is drawing screws." 

And sometimes to their great surprise 
When votes of censure filled the skies 
He used to give them all a rise. 

"What odds about a pound or two?" 
Exclaimed the great E. W. 
O'Sullivan at Cockatoo. 

The dockyard superintendent, he 
Was not at all what he should be -- 
He sneered at all this sympathy. 

So when he gave a man the sack 
O'Sullivan got on his track 
And straightway went and fetched him back. 

And with a sympathetic tear 
He'd say, "How dare you interfere, 
You most misguided engineer? 

"Your sordid manners please amend -- 
No man can possibly offend 
Who has a Member for a friend. 

"With euchre, or a friendly rub, 
And whisky, from the nearest 'pub', 
We'll make the dockyard like a club. 

"Heave ho, my hearties, play away, 
We'll do no weary work today. 
What odds -- the public has to pay! 

"And if the public should complain 
I'll go to Broken Hill by train 
To watch McCarthy making rain." 

And there, with nothing else to do 
No doubt the great E. W. 
Will straightway raise McCarthy's screw.



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