The Poetry Corner

Gilhooley's Estate

By Banjo Paterson (Andrew Barton)

Oh, Mr Gilhooley he turned up his toes, As most of you know, soon or late; And Jones was a lawyer, as everyone knows, So they took him to Gilhooley's Estate. Gilhooley in life had been living so free 'Twas thought his possessions were great, So Jones, with a smile, says, "There's many a fee For me in Gilhooley's Estate." They made out a list of his property fine, It totaled a thousand-and-eight; But the debts were nine hundred and ninety-nine, The debts of Gilhooley's Estate. So Mrs Gilhooley says, "Jones, my dear man, My childer have little to ait: Just keep my expinses as low as you can Against poor Gilhooley's Estate." Bur Jones says, "The will isn't clear in its terms, I fear it will need some debate, And the law won't allow me (attorneys are worms) To appear in Gilhooley's Estate." So a barrister-man, with a wig on his head And a brief in his hand, quite elate, Went up to the Court where they bury the dead, Just to move in Gilhooley's Estate." But his Honour the Judge said, "I think that the joint Legatees must be called to probate, Ex parte Pokehorney is clear on the point, The point of Gilhooley's Estate." "I order a suit to be brought just to try If this is correct that I state, A nice friendly suit, and the costs by and by, Must be borne by Gilhooley's Estate." So Mrs Gilhooley says, "Jones, you'll appear! Thim barristers' fees is too great; The suit is but friendly," "Attorneys, my dear, Can't be heard in Gilhooley's Estate." From the barristers' quarter a mighty hurrah Arises both early and late: It's only the whoop of the Junior Bar Dividing Gilhooley's Estate.