Riding the Sheep's Back

March 22nd, 2014, 3pm

Throughout the 20th century, riding the sheep’s back was a phrase every Australian knew. It referred to the wool industry as the source of Australia’s prosperity. People still say the words occasionally either as a nostalgic reference to simpler times or perhaps as the more general suggestion that Australia is still too dependent on agriculture at a time when it’s the clever countries that will win out in the new millennium.

I doubt if these kids ever heard the phrase, though they’re a perfect picture of it. Doubt if they ever heard the other colloquialism clever country either. Mining’s today’s sheep’s back!

Janet, Adrian and Lia said thanks.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)

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