Dougie Young

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Dougie Young
Born 1930s
Mitchell, Queensland, Australia
Died 1991
Genres country
Instruments Vocals, Guitar

Dougie Young was a singer and songwriter from South West Queensland. Young had a white father and a Gurnu mother.[1]

Earlier in his life he worked as a stockman, during which he learnt the guitar and started writing songs. A riding accident later ended his working as a stockman. In 1963 or 64 Jeremy Beckett, an anthropologist made field recordings of Young, many of which were released in 1965 as an ep called Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards (Wattle). The title track has since been covered by Gary Shearston, Athol McCoy, Chad Morgan and Roger Knox. He was recorded twice more, first in Walgett in 1969 and then in Sydney in 1979 (soon after a report of his death). Songs from these three recordings were released by AIATSIS in 1993 as The Songs of Dougie Young[1]

Young sang "Cut A Rug", a drinking song from his troubadour days in the Wilcannia in the 1950s and 1960s, in both the SBS documentary and accompanying cd, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music.

Young's song The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry in 2013.[2]


  • Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards (1965) Wattle
  • The Songs of Dougie Young (1993) AIATSIS[3]


  1. ^ a b Walker, Clinton (2000). "I'm a bludger, I'm a drunk, I'm a jailbird". Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. Pluto Press. pp. 89–99. ISBN 1-86403-152-2. 
  2. ^ National Film and Sound Archive: Sounds of Australia.
  3. ^ Music Australia The songs of Dougie Young
  • Breen, Marcus (1989). Our Place Our Music. Aboriginal Studies Press. ISBN 0-85575-197-5. 
  • Gilbert, Kevin (1978). Living Black. Melbourne: Penguin. 
  • Beckett, Jeremy (3 July 1965). "Aboriginal Balladeer". The Australian. 
  • Beckett, Jeremy (July 1965). "Where the Crow Flies Backwards". Quadrant. 

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