One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young woman working on a sheep or cattle station to gain experience.
- ‘I spent a year in Australia as an exchange student, spending most of my time as a jilleroo (cattle hand).’
- ‘There you will be instructed in and practice some of the skills used by jackeroos and jilleroos.’
- ‘For the jackeroos and jilleroos on their four days off it is just beginning.’
- ‘So here are a few shots of jilleroos doing their thing.’
- ‘These gatherings allow the young jackeroos and jilleroos, and other rural youth, to ‘let off steam’ which usually means getting as ‘drunk as skunks’.’
- ‘Also in the bush are jackeroos and jilleroos - cowboys and cowgirls.’
1940s: from the given name Jill, on the pattern of jackeroo.
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