One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A swagman who follows the course of a river.‘a fishing line forms part of most Murray whalers' travelling furniture’
- ‘These eyesores are the dwellings of the river-tramps, derisively called the Murray whalers.’
- ‘Out of these camps were bred the Murray whalers, the river's own distinctive race of sundowners.’
- ‘A Murray whaler stands at ease for the camera beside his mud-and-timber shack.’
- ‘The captain said that those people were river gypsies known as Murray Whalers.’
- ‘A queer old Murray whaler lived in a bark hut near the junction.’
Late 19th century: from the Murray River + whaler in the Australian sense ‘a tramp following the course of a river’.
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