Joe Wilson and His Mates

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Anniversary Day: Mentioned in the text, is now known as Australia Day. It commemorates the establishment of the first English settlement in Australia, at Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), on 26 January 1788. Gin: An obvious abbreviation of "aborigine," it only refers to *female* aborigines, and is now considered derogatory. It was not considered derogatory at the time Lawson wrote. Jackaroo: At the time Lawson wrote, a Jackaroo was a "new chum" or newcomer to Australia, who sought work on a station to gain experience. The term ...

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