from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A settler or resident in the back-blocks of Australia; a bushman from the back-blocks.


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  • He was a typical back-blocker, dry and wiry, nasally cocksure, insolently cool, a fearless hand with horse, man, or woman.


  • Girls who came from up-country could tell a lively tale of the artless habits of the blacks; others, who were at home in mining towns, described the doings in Chinese camps — those unavoidable concomitants of gold-grubbing settlements; rhymes circulated that would have staggered a back-blocker; while the governesses were without exception, young and old, kindly and unkindly, laid under such flamboyant suspicions as the poor ladies had, for certain, never heard breathed — since their own impudent schooldays.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • And if a born back-blocker may make so bold, it's a fair old treat to see a new chum camping out for the fun of it! "



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