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aussiebloke Lyr Add: The original Waltzing Matilda (26) RE: Lyr Add: The original WALTZING MATILDA 06 Mar 07

To: Department of Linguistics
University of Melbourne Australia

Subject: Origin of 'jumbuck' as used to mean 'sheep'

G'day Peter

Researching for a discussion thread at has led me to you...

We were discussing the origin and meanings of the words used in Waltzing Matilda,
including jumbuck, meaning sheep, and found two references in online dictionaries
( & )
stating that jumbuck was a word of possible Kamilaroi origin.

I could not find it listed in your on-line Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay Dictionary.

The word for cloud there is listed as yuru.

I have found references to:
junbuc jimbuc jimba, jombock, dombock, dumbog
meaning: white mist preceding a shower

I had previously heard this expressed as
small white fluffy cloud.

Can you provide opinion on this please?

The full thread is here:

Please feel free to join the discussion, or reply to me direct if you prefer.


Darwin NT

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