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n.1.A young man living as an apprentice on a sheep station, or otherwise engaged in acquainting himself with colonial life.
v. i.1.To be a jackaroo; to pass one's time as a jackaroo.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But blimey, where the XXXX are you jackeroos gonnae get another one?
Ispent my 21st birthday drinking tinnies in a swimming pool in Darwin, Northern Australia and the next day I packed up my rucksack, said my goodbyes and went to the private airstrip where I was met by two jackeroos. They had the cartoon bow legs, Stetson hats and thick accents.
After her husband's death, Ima continues to manage their home while Boy, who has inherited the majority share in the station, supervises the jackeroos and the stock, but she uses Boy's naive Roman Catholic faith to control him.
The next morning, he tells her he doesn't want the jackeroos reading her novels, 'I don't like them knowing my wife writes stuff of that kind.
Vigars also wrote and published a short work entitled Jackeroos, Their Duties and Prospects in Australia (1918), reprinted in 1936.
He asserted in the 1936 reprint of Jackeroos that 12,000 copies had been sold, a figure also reported by Bridges [1975] (23)
(1936), "Jackeroos" Their Duties and Prospects in Australia (Sydney: William Brooks and Co.), reprint of 1918 edition.
So here are the mallee, paperbark, the banksias, egrets, jackeroos, the Nullabor, the wheat, the red soil, the paddocks, even the Wandjina figures and places where "evenings / brooded bruised and red." But also GE labs, uranium mines, high-voltage lines, land deeds, corporations, salt-soured land, memories of old massacres of Aborigines, Pauline Hanson, dance drugs.