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In Hawkesdale

On the roadway to Hamilton 45 kilometers from Warrnambool
Is a village with a secondary college a pub and a swimming pool
That locals like to refer to as a town
The paddocks of Hawkesdale in Summer are brown

Where few acres of grain or root crops are sown
Though for cattle and sheep farming Hawkesdale is well known
In Winter the countryside wide open to cold wind and breeze
For in Hawkesdale there does seem a scarcity of trees

In Hawkesdale i've seen long bill corella and wallaby and white cockatoo
Though there i have yet to see gray kangaroo
In late Fall to the Spring the Moyne Shire looking green
When Hawkesdale at it's very finest is seen

An ageing fellow i know who does live near Hawkesdale
Is planning to leave there his house is for sale
In Winter the un-sheltered countryside for him too cold
He will move to South Queensland to retire and grow old.

by Francis Duggan

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