One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An imaginary place used as a setting for fanciful stories of the outback.‘the sheep on the Speewah are so big it takes several days to shear each animal’
- ‘One of the Speewah's larger-than-life characters is Prickly Pear Pollie, so plain that a cocky farmer hires her as a scarecrow.’
- ‘The Speewah was a place just beyond the back o' beyond, always a little further out than any other known remote place.’
- ‘Droughts are not over until the people of the Speewah are able to have water in their tea.’
- ‘He is usually said to reside in a mythical, faraway land called the Speewah, where everything grows in unnaturally large proportions.’
- ‘The Speewah shearing shed is so large it takes two men and a boy standing on each other's shoulders to see the whole of it.’
- ‘There were so many men working on the Speewah back then, that Gentle Annie had to mix up the food in an old tank.’
- ‘Hoop snakes and giant mosquitoes are commonplace on the Speewah.’
- ‘In some Speewah stories, Crooked Mick is the cook and is said to have made pastry so light that it floated into the air when the wind blew.’
- ‘Dingoes are smart animals, but they're not smart enough to outwit that mythical shearer, Crooked Mick of the Speewah.’
- ‘Everything is big on the Speewah—even Crooked Mick's beard was so bushy that families of birds would occasionally make nests in it for the season.’
Late 19th century: from the name of a remote locality reputedly north-west of Swan Hill in Victoria, and of a legendary sheep station supposedly situated there.
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