I’m an Australian, and I’m writing an Australian book series. 😀 Which means what I’m writing about is very familiar to me for the most part (though granted I wasn’t alive in 1872 😉 ). But I realise that not all my readers will share the same birthplace as me! So in the back of my book, I’ve included a glossary of different terms to avoid confusion. 😀
Which brings me to today’s post idea! I decided to pick out some Aussie terms (and particularly things that were more common in colonial times). Not all of them appear in Jayne’s Endeavour. But I thought it would be fun all the same! 😀
A bushranger might make you think of someone who patrols an area of countryside or a mounted solider, and in a way you’d be correct! A bushranger does indeed “patrol” an area on horseback, but he’s not your law-abiding citizen! A bushranger is the equivalent of an outlaw! Someone who rides about the Australian bush roads, holding up gold escorts, robbing banks, and committing other crimes. Sometimes they were escaped convicts who turned to the bushlife for their survival and livelihood. A very infamous one was Ned Kelly. He wore homemade armour like the one pictured below.
A medium-sized metal can with a handle and lid. It’s lightweight and often used to cook over an open campfire or to brew some tea! It’s handy for boiling water and carting it too. A billy is very authentic to the goldrush/colonial era and Australia in general. 😀 They are still a popular camping essential!
Let me just say these are very yummy!! And they make me think of the nearby pioneer village we sometimes visit. 😀 In Australia, a lolly is the same thing as candy. Lollies can be soft and chewy or hard. 😀 Hard-boiled lollies are more of a pioneer/colonial term (at least to me!). And yes, hard-boiled lollies are, well, hard! You definitely have to suck them 😛 It’s quite fun to watch the lolly demonstrations at the pioneer village and then to get a taste! Raspberry drops, lemon drops, and musk drops are just some of the types on offer . . .
Yvonne stepped up beside Jayne, and Mr O’Donnell swept off his hat and bowed low. “How’s the youngest Miss Reid?” His hand went to his pocket and brought forth a crinkled paper bag. He held it out to Yvonne, whose eyes lit up.
“Ye didn’t think I’d have forgotten ye like lemon drops, did ye now?”
Chapter 11, Jayne’s Endeavour
This term brings to mind very pleasant smells and images. I love the Aussie bush! It really is just the term Australians use instead of “forest.” It can be dry and sparse or lush and green–complete with creeks, ferns, and leeches (yuck!). We live right near a mountain range, so we go walking in the bush often with the call of birds, bounding kangaroos, and the smell of eucalyptus/gum trees. 😀
So there you have it! And just for the record, finding authentic pictures of those things was hard, as all the stock photo sites I was using are American!! 😛 Hence the total absence of some pictures! 😉
Even though there is diversity among different countries around the world, God’s Word tells us: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29
So were any of those things familiar terms already? Hopefully there was something fun and new in there for my non-Australian readers! 😉 It’s fun learning about different names for things and things that are unique to specific countries. 😀