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Nova Scotia Ballads

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Jack Donahue.

It's of a wild Colonial boy,
Jack Donahue was his name.
When he was about sixteen,
He commenced his wild career,
He had a heart that knew no sadness,
Of foes he had no fear.
He robbed the coach at Bedford Beach
Shot bold Judge MacAvoy,
They captured not Jack Donahue1
That wild Colonial boy.2


Jack Donahue:also known as John Donohoe, was born around 1806 in Dublin(source:http://www.mtv.com/artists/jack-donahue/biography/).
That wild Colonial boy: Between 1825 and 1830, he was a bushranger in Australia. Known as "Bold Jack Donahue" he became part of the notorious "Wild Colonial Boys"(source:http://www.mtv.com/artists/jack-donahue/biography/).
Anonymous. Date: 2014-10-16