Jack Moses

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Jack Moses (12 January 1861 – 10 July 1945)[1] was an Australian outback bush poet who wrote the poems "Bullocky Bill" and "The Dog Sat on the Tuckerbox" and many other famous verses from which the well-known Dog on the Tuckerbox monument and the Nine and Five Mile legend of Gundagai were inspired.[2]

Moses' poems were considered by Gundagai Shire Council to be of extreme significance as they immortalised the historic Australian town of Gundagai and influenced the famous Australian iconic monument, the Dog on the Tuckerbox, five miles from Gundagai, to come into being. A street was named in Moses' honour in Gundagai, 'Jack Moses Street'.[3] In his publisher's note in Jack Moses' "Nine Miles from Gundagai", the publisher quoted Frank Morton saying in 1923 that he liked Moses' poems as they "dealt with the interests of real Australian bush people in a truthful, non-gloomy manner."[4]

Jack Moses remained a prominent figure in country shows throughout New South Wales and at smoke concerts where he recited his own poems and told stories of the bush. Given to be a born reciter, renditions included the works of Edwin Brady, Henry Lawson, Will H. Ogilvie, Roderic Quinn, and Banjo Paterson.[5][6][7]

Moses was a whisky salesman, and an enthusiastic all-year swimmer at Bondi as a founding member of the Bondi Icebergs Club.[8][9]


  1. ^ Rutledge, Martha, 'Moses, John (Jack) (1861–1945)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/moses-john-jack-13114/text23729, accessed 9 September 2011
  2. ^ National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42449438?
  3. ^ Bell, O. (nyg — possibly 1980s), 'Tales of Old Gundagai No.2, Oscar I Bell, President of Gundagai & District Historical Society and former Gundagai Shire Councillor, Gundagai, p.3.
  4. ^ Moses, J., 1939, 'Nine Miles From Gundagai', Angus & Robertson Ltd, London & Sydney.
  5. ^ "Personal". The Grafton Argus And Clarence River General Advertiser. New South Wales, Australia. 26 April 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 25 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Good Australian". Tweed Daily. XI, (283). New South Wales, Australia. 26 November 1924. p. 3. Retrieved 25 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. ^ "A kitchen drama". Tweed Daily. XX, (284). New South Wales, Australia. 29 November 1933. p. 4. Retrieved 25 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article976471?
  9. ^ "Death of Jack MOSES". Dungog Chronicle : Durham And Gloucester Advertiser. New South Wales, Australia. 17 July 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 25 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.