Jackaroo

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jackaroo A young man living as an apprentice on a sheep station, or otherwise engaged in acquainting himself with colonial life.
    • v. i Jackaroo To be a jackaroo; to pass one's time as a jackaroo.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jackaroo A new chum; a new arrival from England in the bush.
    • jackaroo To learn one's business by bush-farming: said of an inexperienced greenhorn in Australia who assumes the position and duties of a jackaroo before taking up a station of his own. See jackaroo, n.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jack, + kangaroo,

Usage

In literature:

A few days later a Sydney Jackaroo visited the station.
"Joe Wilson and His Mates" by Henry Lawson
An' we gets a letter from the jackaroo's friends that puts us to a lot more bother.
"Children of the Bush" by Henry Lawson
A very sick jackaroo lies in one of the bunks.
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
JACKAROO, name given in Australia to a green-horn from England inexperienced in bush life.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
As Chukkers crossed to the rails Jackaroo, who lay in front on the inside, drew away to let the favourite up under his lee.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Why, where I live there's dozens of English public school men working as cockies and jackaroos.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
They'll be glad to have a 'jackaroo' like you, who can ride, on any sheep station.
"The Second String" by Nat Gould
The Jackaroo is neither a crow nor a parrot nor any kind of quadruped.
"Down Under With the Prince" by Everard Cotes
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In poetry:

By Southern palms and Northern pines—
Where’er was life to lose—
She held her own with thin red lines
Of New Chum Jackaroos.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
’Twas he who proved the world was round—
In crazy square canoes;
The lands you’re living in were found
By New Chum Jackaroos.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
Now Mister Newchum for to begin,
In number seven paddock bring all the sheep in;
Don't leave none behind, whatever you may do,
And then you'll be fit for a jackaroo.
"Click Go The Shears, Boys" by Anonymous Oceania
If you want a situation, I'll just tell you the plan
To get on to a station, I am just your very man.
Pack up the old portmanteau, and label it Paroo,
With a name aristocratic — Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo.
"Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo" by Anonymous Oceania
When the boss wants information, on the men you'll do a sneak,
And don a paper collar on your fifteen bob a week.
Then at the lamb-marking a boss they'll make of you.
Now that's the way to get on, Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo.
"Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo" by Anonymous Oceania
When you get on to the station, of small things you'll make a fuss,
And in speaking of the station, mind, it's we, and ours, and us.
Boast of your grand connections and your rich relations, too,
And your own great expectations, Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo.
"Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Hostel owner Robert Smith poses at the roof-top garden at the Jackaroo Hostel in Sydney's Kings Cross on Friday.
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