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Joe Wilson and His Mates - Henry Lawson

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Joe Wilson and his mates, by Henry Lawson


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An incomplete glossary of Australian, British, or antique terms and concepts
which may prove helpful to understanding this book:


"A house where they took in cards on a tray" (from Joe Wilson's Courtship):
  An upper class house, with servants who would take a visitor's card
  (on a tray) to announce their presence, or, if the family was out,
  to keep a record of the visit.

Anniversary Day:  Mentioned in the text, is now known as Australia Day.
  It commemorates the establishment of the first English settlement
  in Australia, at Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), on 26 January 1788.

Gin:  An obvious abbreviation of "aborigine", it only refers
  to *female* aborigines, and is now considered derogatory.
  It was not considered derogatory at the time Lawson wrote.

Jackaroo:  At the time Lawson wrote, a Jackaroo was a "new chum"
  or newcomer to Australia, who sought work on a station to gain experience.
  The term now applies to any young man working as a station hand.
  A female station hand is a Jillaroo.  Variant:  Jackeroo.

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