An Australia guided by the spirit of the Eureka Tradition as symbolised by the diggers' flag and oath:
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties"

Loyalty a song from The Eureka Suite by John Munro

I bore his son in '49,
when I was his and he was mine
the year before the year the rush began

but things were very different then
when women followed after men
and bore them kids and bore the fate they bore

and little did I know back then
where being led would lead me when
his love for me turned into love for gold

From Bathurst then in '51
The Goulburn glittering in the sun
The dream of gold was glittering in his eyes

He scratched the dirt in Buninyong
As dutifully I dragged along
To Eaglehawk and Castlemaine and Bendigo

One step behind one blow too few
And rushing when we heard the news
That someone somewhere else had struck the seam

He never found the motherlode
And me. I bore a mother's load
As finally to Eureka he brought us

And though he never found the gold
He found his place to lead the bold
And stand up for the diggers at Eureka

Through worked out seam
To hero bold
I stood beside him times untold
Now I wait to learn his fate here at Eureka

I bore his son in '49
When I was his and he was mine
The year before the year the rush began


Many thanks to John Munro for permission to add this song to the eureka150 website. John wrote this song as part of his Eureka Suite and is a member of Colcannon

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