Australian folklore: bushmen and stock stations

1. A recreation of a sheep and cattle station at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, 2014

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The phrase “playing for sheep stations” is falling out of fashion but was used throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to describe something as having high stakes, ie, if you lose, you lose the whole sheep station – your own livelihood and that of many shearers.

 

2. A recreation of a bush kitchen at the National Folk Festival, Canberra, 2014

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Selling billy tea, damper, and ginger beer made the old-fashioned way.

 

3. A bush poet speaks at the Stockman’s Camp, National Folk Festival, Canberra, 2014

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4. Detritus on display at Yathong National Park, NSW

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