Ryebuck Shearer, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer describes how anyone can gain respect if he is a ryebuck shearer. He is told that he will never be that good, but stoutly maintains that he'll get there someday
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1953 (collected by John Meredith from Jac Luscombe)
KEYWORDS: sheep work
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, p. 23, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 144-145, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manifold-PASB, pp. 118-119, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 196-197, "The Ryebuck Shearer" (1 text)

NOTES [76 words]: A "ryebuck shearer" is an expert shearer (also called a "gun"), usually expected to shear a "century" -- a hundred sheep in a day. The name often referred specifically to the "ringer," or best shearer in the shed.
Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 226, claims this as a nineteenth century song. There is no reason why it could not be so, but I know of no evidence of its existence at that time. - RBW
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File: MA023

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