Shiralee meaning

(uncommon) Burden, load.
  • (in particular, Australia, colloquial, dated) A type of swag that when rolled up resembles a leg of mutton, carried over the shoulder, usually with another load on the chest to balance it.
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Origin of shiralee

  • From an unidentified Australian Aboriginal language. The term has been D′Arcy Niland′s 1955 novel The Shiralee (two film adaptations thereof, one in 1957 and another in 1987), though its meaning is no longer well known.

    From Wiktionary