“The Backblock Shearer”

Author: W. Tully
Earliest date: 1953 (Collected from Jack Lee by John Meredith)
Keywords: sheep work contest
Found in: Australia

Description

"I'm only a backblock shearer, as easily can be seen... I've shorn in most of the famous sheds, I've seen big tallies done, But somehow or other, I don't know why, I never became a gun." The shearer describes his many attempts to make the century

Notes

A "gun" was a high-speed shearer who could shear "the century" (100 sheep) in an eight hour day. - RBW

References

  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 38-39, "The Backblock Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manifold-PASB, pp. 128-129, "Widgegoara Joe (The Backblock Shearer)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 200-202, "The Backblocks Shearer" (1 text)
  4. DT, BACKBLCK
  5. BI, MA038