Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, January 28, 2024


Our village residents organise a Happy Hour every Friday evening. Because Australia Day fell on a Friday this year the residents committee organised some Australia Day activities for Happy Hour. We were asked to dress with an Australian theme. There were prizes for the best dressed. There was a damper competition, a damper is a plain bread cooked in a pot over a fire but they can be cooked in an oven too. It is usually eaten with golden syrup. There was a tunnel ball competition and a thong throwing competition. A thong in Australia is a rubber flip flop not a piece of underwear.

Irene tries to throw the thong into the bucket.

The tunnel ball teams are ready.

Linda's team won the tunnel ball

The Village Singers helped us sing our favourite Aussie songs.

These amazing guys cooked for over 70 people and it was outside in 38°C/100°F heat.

Aussie BBQ lunch is ready.

Bob won best dressed male. He even coloured his beard to match the hat hair. He represents the early Australian shearers, drovers and bullock drivers.who walked from one sheep station to the next with a swag (called a Matilda) on their back for sleeping rough and a bag of belongings on the pole. He is on his way to Gundagai an outback town where there is a famous statue of a dog on a tuckerbox nine or five miles from town.  The story of the dog on the tuckerbox varies. Basically it is about an angry bullock driver who got bogged and everything alse went bad for him. His dog even shat on his lunch box. However that has been modified
 to 'sat on his tuckerbox'.Here is the poem by Jack Moses:
 I've done my share of shearing sheep, Of droving and all that,

And bogged a bullock team as well, On a Murrumbidgee flat.

I've seen the bullock stretch and strain, And blink his bleary eye,
And the dog sit on the tucker box
Nine miles from Gundagai.

I've been jilted, jarred and crossed in love, And sand-bagged in the dark,
Till if a mountain fell on me,
I'd treat it as a lark.

It's when you've got your bullocks bogged That's the time you flog and cry,
And the dog sits on the tucker box,
Nine miles from Gundagai.

We've all got our little troubles, In life's hard, thorny way.
Some strike them in a motor car And others in a dray.

But when your dog and bullocks strike It ain't no apple pie,
And the dog sat on the tucker box Nine miles from Gundagai.

But that's all past and dead and gone,
And I've sold the team for meat,
And perhaps some day where I was bogged, There'll be an asphalt street,
The dog, ah! well he got a bait,
And thought he'd like to die,
So I buried him in the tucker box,
Nine miles from Gundagai. 

He waltzed around the hall to our most famous Aussie song, "Waltzing Matilda".

Guess who won best dressed female?


  1. As always your events sound so much fun.

  2. What a great Australia Day for you all, so much fun.

  3. Hello,
    What a fun celebration. You did deserve to win best dressed female, very cute.
    Take care, have a great day and a happy new week!

  4. Both of you winners are fantastic. love the parrot and you look Austrailian to the bone. your homeplace is always so full of fun... and FOOD. yum

  5. Damper used to be such a favourite :) But I haven't heard it mentioned for decades

  6. I think you all looked the part, especially you and that was a lot to eat, it all looked very nice.

  7. Congratulations on your Aussie outfit! How intersting to see tunnel ball as one of the events. Brings back happy memories of sports carnival days.

  8. You look good Diane, well done.
    Love the shearer, he just really looks the part on the road to Gundagai.

  9. Wowzers, you certainly have the most fun of anybody around!
    I love the way your community celebrates .
    Congratulations on winning the best outfit..I agree..
    Bob's outfit is so perfect too.
    Try to stay cool in your hot temps.

  10. From that great outfit I know it was you Diane who won the best dressed female. Congratulations! Bob's outfit was fun too. I enjoyed the poem very much. These photos are outstanding and shows the great time you all had. A little late but Happy Australia Day!

  11. Hey I was thinking your outfit was very cool. I am glad you won!

  12. Congrats on your colorful costume -- it deserved to win!! (And "Bob's" dog really should *not* have s/at on that tucker box.) The poem and his costume made me laugh. A great evening.