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  • I'm only a back-blocks shearer, as easily can be seen

    Widgegoweera Joe

  • And there were other salesmen, less regular patrollers of the back-blocks than the Watkins man but equally welcome, hawking everything from tailor-made cigarettes and fancy pipes to whole bolts of material, sometimes even luridly seductive underwear and lavishly beribboned stays.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Education is compulsory, the Government providing an elaborate system to see that every child gets at least the rudiments of education; even in the far back-blocks, where settlement is much scattered, it is necessary and possible to go to school.

    Peeps At Many Lands: Australia

  • One hears still of acts of cruelty in the back-blocks (as the far interior of Australia is called), but, so far as the Government can, it punishes the offenders.

    Peeps At Many Lands: Australia

  • As if we don't all know what boys is; why, there'd be no chance of rarin 'them without touchin' nothing, unless you carted them off to the back-blocks where there wasn't no one within reach.

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn

  • After a short sea-journey they took train to a dusty back-blocks township, where Gordon picked up one of the many outfits which he had scattered over the country, and which in this case consisted of a vehicle, a dozen or so of horses, and a black boy named

    Outback Marriage, an : a story of Australian life

  • As the above conversation shows, my husband's chief care was to make his sister's visit bright and enjoyable -- no easy task in the lonely back-blocks where our station was, and where the dreary loneliness and deadly monotony of the West Australian bush reaches its climax.

    The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911

  • About this time news came that the Governor, Lord Malice, would pass through Wadgery on his tour up the back-blocks.

    Cumner's Son and Other South Sea Folk — Complete

  • Might live here for a thousand years and he'd still be the nonesuch of the back-blocks.

    Cumner's Son and Other South Sea Folk — Complete

  • The back-blocks has its tricks as well as the towns, as you would see if you come across a stock-rider with a cheque to be broke in his hand.

    The Judgment House

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