"Iconic town remembered in song" Gundagai by Orchid

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One no longer passes through the town of Gundagai when travelling through from Melbourne to Sydney. On such journeys as a child I remember the long wooden decked bridge which crossed the Murrumbidgee River flats, leading to town on the north side of the river. The Hume Highway now bypasses the town, but still allows travelers to stop for a coffee and a break at the fabled 'Dog on the Tuckerbox' as immortalised in Jack Moses' poem.

'Nine Miles from Gundagai' by Jack Moses

I've done my share of shearing sheep,
Of droving and all that;
And bogged a bullock team as well,
On a Murrumbidgee flat.
I've seen the bullock stretch and strain
And blink his bleary eye,
And the dog sit on the tuckerbox
Nine miles from Gundagai.
I've been jilted, jarred and crossed in love,
And sand-bagged in the dark,
Till if a mountain fell on me,
I'd treat it as a lark.
It's when you've got your bullocks bogged,
That's the time you flog and cry,
And the dog sits on the tuckerbox
Nine miles from Gundagai.
We've all got our little troubles,
In life's hard, thorny way.
Some strike them in a motor car
And others in a dray.
But when your dog and bullocks strike,
It ain't no apple pie,
And the dog sat on the tuckerbox
Nine miles from Gundagai.
But that's all past and dead and gone,
And I've sold the team for meat,
And perhaps, some day where I was bogged,
There'll be an asphalt street,
The dog, ah! well he got a bait,
And thought he'd like to die,
So I buried him in the tuckerbox,
Nine miles from Gundagai.

From the Archives

In the early twentieth century, Louis Gabriel, the town's doctor, took up photography. The negatives were preserved and presented to the National Library of Australia. Drop by the if you are in Canberra to see this important record.

  • Last visit to Gundagai: Mar 2013
  • Intro Updated May 12, 2013
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