[Editor: This article, about the death of Jack Moses, was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 11 July 1945.]
Creator of Dog on Tucker Box
Jack Moses dead
Last of the bush troubadours, Jack Moses, known throughout Australia as the creator of the dog that sat on the tuckerbox nine miles from Gundagai, died yesterday in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He was 85.
Jack Moses was well known as a poet of the Australian outback. He was a familiar figure at country shows throughout NSW. At smoke concerts he was popular as a reciter of his own poems and as a teller of bush stories. Up to a few years ago he was a whisky salesman, and an enthusiastic all-the-year swimmer at Bondi.
As a wartime gesture he gave to the Red Cross all proceeds from the sale of his poems.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 11 July 1945, p. 6
Bondi = Bondi Beach, a popular beach in Sydney, New South Wales; can also refer to the Sydney suburbs of Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, or North Bondi
NSW = an abbreviation of New South Wales (a colony in Australia from 1788, then a state in 1901)
outback = remote rural areas; sparsely-inhabited back country; often given as one word and capitalized, “Outback” (variations: out back, outback, out-back, Out Back, Outback, Out-Back)
tuckerbox = a box to store food in (as well as cutlery, plates, mugs, napkins, etc.)