Most unlikely to have been sung in anything like this form.
the convicts would be more like "in 2 months we will kill the jailers and escape to Batavia "
the navy were singing " in 8 months I will get a promotion and and return to London"
well .. who knows.. but this is a purely fanciful to think it was actually sung on the first fleet.
The song could only apply to the convicts of the first fleet, who were the only passenger ships bound to botany bay, because the first fleet doesn't land at Botany Bay, they set up residence at Port Jackson.. Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.
220.127.116.11 00:55, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
a different edition
I have a slightly different edition in My Country - Australian Poetry of Short Stories - Two Hundred Years Vol. 1 ISBN 0-7254-0858-8 p.14 . I'll adjust this page to match my edition if the current text cant be sourced. John Vandenberg (chat) 03:34, 19 October 2008 (UTC)