Some More About Australia Day 2016

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The Old Service Station

 

Plans are well underway for celebrations of Australia Day.  Feel free to come along in daggy Aussie clothing!!

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 16 years of age.

We are hoping for rain in the next few days – it has been so dry that the cane toads are hiding, but we don’t need to catch them until this coming week.  When it rains the cane toads creep from their hiding places around the village and dance at night, which enables or chief toad collector to “invite” the toads to play on Australia Day at the Toad Races.  I hear frogs singing this morning, which is an indication rain is on the horizon, so here’s hoping.

Best Dressed Swaggie Competition.

We have some great prizes for visitors on Australia Day who dress up as a Swaggie.  Do you know what a Swaggie is?

From Wikipedia

“A swagman (also called a swaggie, sundowner or tussocker) is an old Australian and New Zealand term describing an underclass of transient temporary workers, who travelled by foot from farm to farm carrying the traditional swag (bedroll).”

In early Australian history, a lone man would travel on foot, or hitch a ride and go from property to property seeking work.  Often they were paid with food and lodging.  They usually appeared unkempt, for bathing they had to resort on a creek, river or waterhole, they carried their swag (bedding and clothing) over their shoulders, and relied on food donations.   One feature of the old swaggie is their hats – usually with old corks dangling from string attached to the outer edges of their battered hats.  The dangling corks were somewhat of a deterrent for the swarms of flies in the outback.  So join in the fun and come dressed as a swaggie!!

 

Entry to the Village will be $10 for Adults and free for children under 16 years of age.  Come along and join the fun.

There will be stalls, plenty of entertainment, and loads of fun!

 

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