“The Ryebuck Shearer”


The singer describes how anyone can gain respect if he is a ryebuck shearer. He is told that he will never be that good, but stoutly maintains that he'll get there someday


A "ryebuck shearer" is an expert shearer (also called a "gun"), usually expected to shear a "century" -- a hundred sheep in a day. The name often referred specifically to the "ringer," or best shearer in the shed. - RBW


  1. Meredith/Anderson, p. 23, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 144-145, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Manifold-PASB, pp. 118-119, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 196-197, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text)
  5. BI, MA023


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1953 (collected by John Meredith fromJac Luscombe)
Keywords: sheep work
Found in: Australia