One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(on a sheep or cattle station) an employee who delivers supplies to workers on distant parts of the station.‘I never see anyone but the ration carrier once a week’
- ‘The ration carrier got frightened and, letting go the reins, he clutched hold of the pommel with both hands.’
- ‘Mr Falkland lifted his daughter in and took the reins, leaving his horse to be ridden home by the ration-carrier.’
- ‘I never felt more comfortable than when my duty as ration-carrier certified my sojourn for the night at his hut.’
- ‘The dingo seems very fond of following the ration-carrier when taking round a packhorse laden with salt beef and groceries.’
- ‘It was not uncommon for him to have no supper to cook, because the ration carrier only came once a week.’
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