Australians usually used the term "bullocky
" to describe an ox driver.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is located at Bullocky
Point, Darwin, not far from the central business district on a picturesque site overlooking the Arafura Sea.
(6) THE NEW "BULLOCKY
", Riley Ephemera Collection (Riley Collection), La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria (SLV).
opening chapter, Pastor Sinclair fights the drunken Bill the Bullocky
This group, known as the 'Darwin Detachment' (and administered by the 1st Military District (9)), installed themselves at the abandoned Vestey's Meatworks at Bullocky
Point, and were responsible for building fortifications, coastal gun positions and quarters on the headland behind Emery and Elliott Points.
He knew many Aborigines well as a boy and later as a bullocky
. He wrote that the Aborigines of the Upper Yarra, "disturbed by no aspirations, and governed by tradition alone", had "undisputed possession of a tribal heritage unsurpassed in all resources that conduce to physical welfare" and a moral temperament which was "genial, generous and magnanimous." Physically they were "athletes incredibly expert in bushcraft; and the women were comely".
I might, however, take you to goldfields, silver and copper fields, to abandoned railways sidings, bullocky
trading routes and to agricultural regions established too far into the desert.
Imbued with legend -- of how one bullocky
killed another and then hanged himself; of a girl who went missing, titillating all with the thought of murder until she turned up in Sydney to have a baby; of nocturnal trysts and unruly imaginings -- Jacko's Reach has a deep pull on those who know of it.
Much too subtly, her irony hinted that the bullocky
was a religious maniac.
The complex history of the poem "Bullocky
" - widely read as tribute to Australia's pioneering past despite the poet's satiric intentions - allows Strauss plenty of room to map the life of a poem onto changes in the white Australian cultural landscape.