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GUEST,cobber Help: Looking for the Cobbers-Australian folk band (71* d) RE: Help: Looking for the Cobbers 07 Nov 01


I knew I remembeed the name but I couldn't pick the venue. Those were good days. We never got to Sydney much, which was probably not good for record sales, let alone keeping up with people. It was actually cheaper to go to the US, or at least, more profitable and that took a major slice of the year so that when we came back, our families tried to keep us closer to home. I saw a photo of the Bulli band, way back and it looked a perfect band for Bruce. If tou see him say hello. There was a lot of talk about the word "cobber". Needless to say, we were always interested in that. The most likely explanation we found, though I can't remember the source now, was that the word dated back to the Cobb and Co coaches and the people who took the cheap seats up on the roof were known as Cobbers. I guess you had to get along with people up there as it would have been a fairly arduous way to travel. The word then went on to encompass anyone travelling together and as most of the swagmen (itinerant workers for anyone who doesn't know the word) travelled with a mate, the two words became interchangeable.


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