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Gundagai and the Dog on the Tuckerbox

Saturday, 11 December 2021 12:31 am

Our last fuel stop on the way home was at a little truck stop at snake Gully,  nine miles out of Gundagai. This is where the famous statue of the "Dog on the Tuckerbox” sits, which saw immortalised in the poem by Jack Moses "Nine Miles from Gundagai". As Susi had already finished her last blog entry for this trip, our grandson Jaxon wrote this one for her.


The story of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

By Jaxon Aroney

In the early days of Australia, people would wagon supplies in boxes and their most important things would be in a tuckerbox, but here’s the main part, the person taking the supplies usually had a dog. The wagon that was pulled by bullocks sometimes got stuck in the mud or broke so the person gave instructions to the dog and they were ‘Guard my tuckerbox and bark at anything that comes close’ So the dog would sit on the tuckerbox AND that’s the story of the dog on the tuckerbox.  important things would be in a tuckerbox, but here’ s the main part, the person taking the supplies usually had a dog. The wagon that was pulled by bullocks sometimes got stuck in the mud or broke so the person gave instructions to the dog and they were ‘Guard my tuckerbox and bark at anything that comes close’ So the dog would sit on the tuckerbox AND that’s the story of the dog on the tuckerbox.

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Cheers,

Austin Robinson

austin@robos.com.au