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ISSUE #2 - December 2018
Jack's Track
News from Jack O'Hagan Music.

Songs of Jack O’Hagan – NFSA online exhibition.

The National Film and Sound Archive launched the curated 'Songs of Jack O'Hagan' online gallery on 29 November 2018, the anniversary of Jack's birthday.
The exhibition is an introduction for people who want to explore the NFSA collection and curator, Nick Henderson, hopes to add to it over time, with additional items in 2019.



  • Jack singing his most famous composition 'Along the Road to Gundagai' (1922) in his only filmed performance for Frank Thring’s Efftee Entertainers series of variety shorts (1931). Jack also sang 'In Dreamy Araby', ‘By the Great Big Blue Billabong’, 'After the Dawn' and 'Carry On' in this 7-minute film, which you can also see at
  • Jack talking about his work in interview with David Johnston for ATV 10 / Network 10 in 1986, just a year before he passed away.
  • Jack and Josie O'Hagan at the Dog on the Tuckerbox memorial in Gundagai. Jack was guest of honour at the 'Back to Gundagai' celebrations in 1956. Jack's song put Gundagai on the map and he was treated like a homecoming hero. Apparently it took him and the town a week to recover from the festivities. 'Along the Road to Gundagai' was the theme song for radio serial Dad and Dave, which ran for 16 years and also featured 'Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox', sung in the show by one of the main characters, Alf.


  • Len Maurice, under nom de plume Art Leonard, sing 'Our Don Bradman', Jack's tribute to one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, Sir Donald Bradman. The song was written as a jingle and broadcast just before and during the 1930 Ashes Test Series between England and Australia. On 11 July Bradman made a record 309 runs – a century before lunch, a century before tea and a century before stumps – and 334 in total against England in the Third Test at Leeds. Jack sold 40,000 copies of 'Our Don Bradman' sheets at two shillings apiece within a week. It was a huge hit.
  • Australia’s pioneering country music specialist New Zealand born Tex Morton, the Yodelling Boundary Rider, recorded 'Wrap Me Up With My Stockwhip and Blanket' in 1936. The melody is by Jack O'Hagan and lyrics from Banjo Paterson’s poem 'The Dying Stockman' (1905). Tex, real name Bob Lane, accompanied himself on guitar.
  • Gorgeous wartime song and the third of his Gundagai trilogy 'When a Boy From Alabama Meets a Girl From Gundagai', another hit for Jack in 1942, recorded by Joy Nichols and The Youth Show Band. Both the American and Australian Defence Headquarters wrote highly complimentary letters, thanking Jack for his assistance in aiding the relationship between the US soldiers and the people of Australia.
  • Jack O'Hagan talk about the start of his songwriting career in an excerpt from a 1982 interview with son-in-law Bill Gray.
The curated collection gallery is now online:
With a small blog here:
Check out the Official website, Facebook and You Tube Channel for more information.

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Jo Gilbert, December 11, 2018. 
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