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Goes the Tram and Team

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Goes the Tram and Team

Shingles for the roof, pickets for the fence,
Palings and firewood would at first commence
Their journey to Melbourne with teams on a decline,
From Tonimbuk or Labertouche upon a tramline.

Onward through the gullies
Onward tram and team
Onward to the siding
Through shade and sunlit beam
Onward through the cuttings
Onward over mountain stream
Onward to Longwarry
Goes the tram and team.

Trams were common carriers sheltered by the law,
And on payment of fees woodcutters used them for,
Carting their firewood but they must contemplate,
The clauses in conditions so they can operate.

A six-ton crane unloaded trams at the siding of the railway
From three trips that each mill would send every day
Where the horses were stabled, fed with oats and then,
Were harnessed up for the long haul back to the mill again.

Onward through the gullies
Onward tram and team
Onward to the siding
Through shade and sunlit beam
Onward through the cuttings
Onward over mountain stream
Onward to Longwarry
Goes the tram and team.

Most of the mills had, townships scattered ‘round the mill,
Cottages had flower gardens grown with a woman’s skill,
Two tram sets were waiting, employment stood at fifty men,
Sixteen horses and fifty bullocks wait to haul again.

Onward through the gullies
Onward tram and team
Onward to the siding
Through shade and sunlit beam
Onward through the cuttings
Onward over mountain stream
Onward to Longwarry
Goes the tram and team.

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