Recorded by Ewan MacColl. The mentioning of Belfast in the first verse suggests Irish descent, the mentioning of Van Diemen's Land in the last one provided many Aussie covers on the side. Broadside versions circulate since the 1940s, when the action took place in Barking, Essex. Farmer Harry Cox picked this famous song from native ground.
Also older American recordings as The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band: Carlisle Brothers ('34) on Melotone, Tex Fletcher & Joe Rogers ('37), Bill Carlisle ('46) on King, Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys ('49).