'Cattle and Cane' country

Posted by barbara on May 30, 2016

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'I recall a schoolboy coming home
through fields of cane
to a house of tin and timber
and in the sky
a rain of falling cinders . . . '


For fans of the alternate rock band, the Go-Betweens, the song 'Cattle and Cane' remains an anthem to some of the quintissential characteristics of growing up in Far North Queensland.

 

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Reputedly written during their London years, the song captures some of the enduring impressions of their home environment. The following YouTube link documents what two key members of the band say about the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOhLPbqGxPc

 

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Throughout Far North Queensland, rolling stock sit in wait for the harvest of the sugar cane and its transport to the mills.

While cane still looms large in Far North QLD, so do cattle and to a much lesser extent, bananas.

 

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Clearly Brahmans are the cattle of choice on the coastal plains and the Atherton Tablelands.

 

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