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  • n. Plural form of swagman.


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  • Then, after an hour or so in the water, home to dinner, hungry as swagmen, though the bill of fare never varied: it was always rabbit for dinner, crayfish for tea; for the butcher called only once a week, and meat could not be kept an hour without getting flyblown.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • The Outback had swarms of them, swagmen humping their blueys from station to station, down from Queensland and up from Victoria, men who had lost their luck or were chary of holding a regular job, preferring to tramp on foot thousands of miles in search of only they knew what.

    The Thorn Birds

  • He used to shut his eyes to force such thoughts from him, fearing lest he go mad, as were those travelling swagmen he met sometimes, who muttered always to themselves and made frantic gestures as they journeyed, solitary, through the monotonous wilderness.

    The Workingman's Paradise An Australian Labour Novel

  • Hoppner and I acquired the tea-habit as badly as the rest of the Australian swagmen.

    Tramping on Life

  • We went “humping bluey” as swagmen, as the tramp is called in Australia.

    Tramping on Life

  • We had long, marvellous talks with different swagmen, as we slowly sauntered north to Newcastle ....

    Tramping on Life

  • There were other sailors ashore, there were many swagmen just in from the bush -- some with

    Tramping on Life An Autobiographical Narrative

  • We went "humping bluey" as swagmen, as the tramp is called in Australia.

    Tramping on Life An Autobiographical Narrative

  • Some in real professional beggars 'style called down blessings on me; others were morose and glum, while some were impudent and thankless, and said to supply them with food was just what I should do, for the swagmen kept the squatters -- as, had the squatters not monopolized the land, the swagmen would have had plenty.

    My Brilliant Career

  • Some days she spent at the homestead housekeeping, cooking, and giving out rations to swagmen -- the wild, half-crazed travellers who came in at sundown for the dole of flour, tea and sugar, which was theirs by bush custom.

    Outback Marriage, an : a story of Australian life


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