Story: Rural language

The language of mustering

Sheep mustering on horseback with dogs in the South Island high country has led to a wide range of terms to describe the work, clothing and lifestyle. Listen to John Gordon discussing the colourful language of mustering.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AANR 6329 66 A 4149

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga (Sheep Mustering/Reference number sa-t-1005-su04-sc).

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Farm work and workers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008