Local employment opportunities were limited, particularly for girls, and traditional rural jobs such as jackaroos
and jillaroos (male and female station hands respectively) were scarce.
My job was cooking on the homestead but I was also lucky enough to go out on stock camp a couple of times with one of the inspectors to stay with the Jills and Jackaroos
- the cowgirls and cowboys.
they are called huasos, in Argentina gauchos, in Australia jackaroos
and stockmen on the country's huge cattle ranches, or stations, have grown accustomed since the 1960s to rounding up herds with helicopters, motorbikes, and four-wheel drives.That's beginning to change, however, as a growing number of ranches are getting their stockmen back in the saddle to improve the quality of the meat and to economize on fuel costs.
In Australia, cowboys are called jackaroos but being in charge of the enormous cattle stations in the Northern Territory isn't just a job for the boys.
After a huge cooked breakfast made by Allana the cook, jackaroos Kurt Steiger, 24, Shaun Davey, 19, and his cousin Warren Green, 19, are saddling up their horses.