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17 July 2015

Jervis Bay Job Adds.

  This add appeared in the wanted column of “The Scrutineer Wednesday March 14, 1900”.
The forests of the south coast were heavily exploited for their timber during this time, bullock teams and their drivers “ Bullocky’s “  were in high demand and would be paid well for their daily toil.
The town and Country Journal 1905 -  A correspondents observations as he travelled around Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven

Six teams, laden up with "sleepers," drawn each by fourteen bullocks, gave life lately to the peaceful little-frequented roads between Nowra and Jervis Bay. The timber-getters have to go well back into the bush, far off the main roads, for the blackbutt and other hardwoods. They fell, saw, measure, and dress the sleepers there, and then bring them along on a sort of trestle or scaffold, which rests on the wheels of the original dray. Six teams on the road, one behind the other, made a fine sight, and helped to make one realise how essential the country is to the city; how we are fed and supplied by the rural districts, and how the energy and enterprise of the man on the land makes tho whole State go "forward." Bullocky Bill's language may be lurid as he "explains" the patient oxen out of the deep, soft, treacly rut;   but his accomplishment of a load of heavy timber at the Jervls Bay wharf is a far more creditable performance than many a city man can show for a day's work.

bullock-bell bulock-yoke
This old bullock bell and yoke are on display in the museum.


Continue reading – a previous post about the bullock teams and the “timber jinkers”" used to haul logs and timber to North Huskisson late 1900’s

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