Old Nat the Dustman

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Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR, Jove’s Pearls is a collection of verse 'chiefly in the Australian vernacular' by Jovial Mark ... painter, poet, dilettante, and ratbag, hailing from the deep south of South Australia...

The poem...

Old Nat the dustman comes to our door
At ten every Thursday, just like as before
Seeking bones and bottles, tin cans and stale fat
Iron bedsteads with brass knobs and any stray cat

Old Nat the dustman greets us with a smile
He talks and he joshes and stays for a while
We offer him biscuits and a cup of cream tea
But he says “I’ll be going, to see what I see”

It may seem quite pleasant, this yarn I unfold
But in truth it’s a tale of mysteries untold
A story which brings us great horror and fears
For, you see, Nat the dustman’s been dead twenty years

Old Nat the Dustman


Music featured in the poem comes from 'I Wants a Gramophone' by Bob Roberts, 1905.


Radio 2RRR 88.5FMProduced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR
Original verse by Jovial Mark
Adapted for radio by James Benn
With special thanks to Johnny Boxer
Poems interpreted by…

  • Johnny Boxer
  • James Benn

Introductions and credits by Amie Maguire