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Hugh Capel's Books
 -Where the Dead Men Lie
 -Kiandra Gold

Index of Poems

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1896 memoir by Barcroft's father

Barcroft's Letters

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Where the Dead Men Lie

pinions

wings

sallee

wattle (acacia) bush/small tree

 

Jim’s Whip

greenhide fall

leather strap at the end of a whip handle

sallee

wattle (acacia) bush/small tree

It was a common occurrence for stockmen to say, in praising a whip: "that’s the whip that brought the cattle back after the drought."

On the Boundary

chock-and-log

timber log fence

sandalwood

a shrubby bush

pines

native cypress pine tree - grows closely together in thickets - prevalent in dry and rocky areas

Belar

native she oak (casuarina glauca) - small tree - resembles a pine - has drooping branches with long needles that whisper in the wind

Jack’s Last Muster

C O B

a Cobb and Co cattle brand

"yellowtop"

yellow flowered perennial grass

‘Twixt the Wings of the Yard

wings of the yard

side rails leading into the mustering yard

greenhide

leather whip lash

Skeeta

drovers

travelling stockmen

Never-Never

the desert interior of Australia

the West

the western interior of Australia

the Gulf

the Gulf of Carpentaria in the far north of Australia

Bourke

town in the north west of New South Wales

Paroo

river near Cunnamulla - a town in south west Queensland

Eulo

small town near Cunnamulla

cabbage-tree

bushman’s hat made from woven cabbage tree palm leaves

At the "J.C."

peregrinations

travels

Kitty McCrae

Greytown Mail

gold delivery from Kiandra

Traveller’s Rest

hotel in Adaminaby

O’Connor’s Hill

hill on the road from Kiandra (former gold mining town in the Snowy Mountains) to Adaminaby

sidling the range

travelling across the steep side of a hill

warrigal

wild horse, brumby

Redbank workings

former gold mining workings

postal gate

where the mail is delivered

river-oak

she oak (casuarina cunninghamana)

The Demon Snow-Shoes

Kiandra

former gold mining town in the Snowy Mountains

Eucumbene River

flows past Kiandra shortly after it rises in the Snowy Mountains

New Chum claim

gold mine overlooking Kiandra

Township Hill

the slope above Kiandra where skiing is said to have started in Australia

Sawyer’s Hill

hill on the road out of Kiandra towards Adaminaby

The Digger’s Song

tailings

the material left after the gold has been taken out

How Polly paid for her Keep

Crackenback Claim

gold mining claim on the Thredbo River in the Snowy Mountains

swell

clever person

Tumbarumba

town to the west of the Snowy Mountains

Germanton

now called Holbrook - town to west of the Snowy Mountains - renamed at the time of the First World War

Tumut

town to the west of the Snowy Mountains

Rosewood

small town on the road between Tumbarumba and Carabost

Carabost

small town to the west of the Snowy Mountains

"break"

where a mail road passes through a fence it was customary to dispense with a gate - instead a narrow laneway fenced on either side was constructed which was called a "break"

the range

the Snowy Mountains

"Change"

the end of a coach stage where the horses were changed

How Babs Malone cut down the Field

Boogong

Mount Jagungal, or the Big Bogong - peak in the Snowy Mountains where aborigines feasted on bogong moths

Bull’s Peak

mountain peak in the Snowy Mountains

nine stone

the horse’s handicap weight for the race

Gegederick

district near Berridale in the Snowy Mountains

surcingle

horse’s outer girth strap

"settling"

when the bets are settled

Jack Corrigan

mountaineer

mountain horseman

Nungar Creek

mountain stream near Kiandra

Jindabyne

town on the Eucumbene River downstream from Adaminaby

Providence

crossing over the Eucumbene River upstream from Adaminaby

brumbie

wild horse

nobbler

small glass

trap

police trooper

the River track

track beside the Murrumbidgee River

Rosedale

property near Adaminaby, now called Bolaro

Locker’s Hill

Hill between Adaminaby and Rosedale

Murrumbidgee River

rises in the Snowy Mountains and flows to the north of Adaminaby on its way towards Cooma

sidlings

steep hillsides

Billylingra track

track near the Murrumbidgee River to Billylingra (downstream from Cooma)

Flat Rock

rock feature beside the Murrumbidgee River

On the Range

Nungar

mountain range near Kiandra

rills

mountain streams

scrubber

mountain horse

sallee

wattle (acacia) bush/small tree

warrigal

wild horse

sidling

side of a steep hill

the Gulf

area near the present Tantangara Dam, where the Murrumbidgee River flows between two steep bluffs

muzzle-wood

small eucalyptus tree (stellulata) the wood of which was used to make muzzles for young calves so as to wean them

Yiack

district on the upper Murrumbidgee River between Tantangara and Adaminaby

hop-bushes

native shrub

surcingle

horse’s outer girth strap

An Easter Rhyme

furbelow

flounce/pleated border of a gown

slaty

made out of slate

ticker

watch

Josephus Riley

occiput

Head (medical term for headbone)

Jimmy Wood

toast to Jimmy Wood sir!

a man who drinks by himself was said to take "a Jimmy Woodser" – Henry Lawson published a poem in 1899 titled “The Old Jimmy Woodser”

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cob

horse

tanner

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sculler

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