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September 2nd, 2005 (08:24 pm)
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"The dog on the tuckerbox legend was born around the 1850s near Gundagai when bullockies got bogged and the dog would sit guarding the tuckerbox."

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 9th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)

LOL, Gotta love Australian fokelore.

Back in 1830-50 supplies had to be transported along makeshift tracks over rough terrain by bullock teams. To pass the time while often being bogged, or for the river level to fall at creek crossings. Often on such occasions the bullocky's dog would sit guarding its master's tuckerbox (food storage) and possessions while he was away seeking help.

One story tell of a man who fell down a well and was injured. He told his dog to wait on the Tuckerbox. So the dog waited on the Tuckerbox until he died from starvation.

So was the legend of 'The Dog on the Tuckerbox' born and there is a marble statue in Gundagai as tribute.

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