Tuesday, 20 July 2021


Gundagai's Dog on the Tuckerbox was first introduced into verse in the period when pioneers travelled in bullock wagons, pushing their way into the vast unexplained interior of Australia. In the early days, back over a hundred years ago, Gundagai was then, as today the chief “port of call” one the main highway between Sydney and Melbourne.

A favourite camping ground of the teamsters was the Five Mile Creek on the same highway, where the monument now stands. It was there that occurred an incident that inspired the bard to write the original Tucker Box poem.

A faithful friend, the guardian of the teamster's possessions, a dog accompanied every wagon that pushed inland. It was the action of one such dog in spoiling food stuff whilst he sat on a tuckerbox, that so amused the poet he wrote........

Good morning mate, you are too late,

The shearing is all over,

Tie up your dog behind the log

Come in and have some dover.

For Nobby Jack has broke the yoke,

Poke out the leader's eye

And the dog-in the tucker box,

Five miles from Gundagai

The original doggerel was crude and vulgar, and verse after verse ran on depicting incidents along the track that leads to Gundagai.

I can't say I understand the above verse and I expect I am not alone.


  1. Dover is food cut up with a certain type of knife.
    Interesting words and hard to relate the meaning to our modern times.

  2. So you do like we do with most modern songs- make up a meaning appropriate to yourself!

  3. Can't imagine who'd want to read the original if it was crude and vulgar. Certainly not me.

  4. Margaret D..........Thanks for that, indeed

    Chris........Yeah we do that don't we

    Karen......Me either


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