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* Contents derived from the Mount Isa,Far North Queensland,Queensland,:Bill Aplin,1980 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
After celebrating a successful day at the race track rather too enthusiastically, two bookmakers decide to drive home along what they consider a well-made road. However, despite driving for hours, they seem to be getting no closer to home.
At the request of visitors from Victoria, local Aborigines agree to perform a Corroboree. However, one visitor accidentally causes everybody to panic and flee in his determination to get a photo despite having no flash. All eventually resettle and the ceremony resumes to the absolute delight of all.
Aplin discusses what constitutes a 'Jackaroo', by looking at the work they do, the personalities attracted to the role, and the general attitudes towards them, and recounts some humorous adventures of young jackaroos.
At first, a group of shearers are very appreciative of their French cook's fine fare, but then begin to complain. Offended, the chef leaves, but not before proving his talents by serving up a delicious meal that the shearers later discover consists of old boots.
There was no gaol in a small outback town, so the Irish constable settled for chaining a prisoner on a dog chain. The prisoner volubly and incessantly expresses his resentment by continuously barking and howling.