This poem comes from a time in our history when the wool-clip was by far the Colony of New South Wales biggest single export and employer of labour. The original poem (there is unfortunately no author named) was published in 1873 in the Queanbeyan Age about shearing in the woolshed at Cuppacumbalong near Tharwa. Conditions of employment, relationships with the employer, the effects of the weather and even the rewards at the end of each shed are related in this entertaining Christmas poem...
Queanbeyan Age - 9 January 1873
National Library of Australia