Almanac Music: Smoky Dawson’s ‘The Hero of the West’





In the good old days, once one-day cricket was invented, the Australia Day weekend was the time for three (?) successive daytime one day internationals from Adelaide. Adelaide was so Adelaide in those days. That cityscape view from the Cathedral End on TV was so constant in an ever-changing world. The scoreboard was the scoreboard. The hill was the hill. The Moreton Bay figs were the Moreton Bay figs.


The other constant was Rod Marsh, built low to the ground, peppering the Victor Richardson Gates on the Mt Lofty side, with the fierce blows of a man with blacksmith arms and a dial that demonstrates the good Lord is sympathetic to caricaturists.


The reaping was finished and the farmers were down from the bush to enjoy a Bacchanalian Feast while watching their own patron saint: Bacchus himself.


Smoky Dawson was so taken with Rod Marsh he penned this tribute to him ‘The Hero of the West’.


I must thank Graeme Orr for notifying me of this when he really should have been contemplating some conundrum of the Australian Constitution or contemplating the Laws of Cricket. (@Graeme_Orr is definitely worth following on Twitter)


He found it because it is part of the #Coldest100 which is worth a look as is Australian Kitsch (also worth a look @OzKitsch).







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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Just love this. And had never heard of it before I saw it on twitter.

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    Brilliant. Like Smokie, I’d never heard this. Look forward to a Tim Paine tribute song.

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