Turner, James
Alfred Boiling the Billy with My Friend

No utensil is so generally used in the bush as the billy-can; none is more widely distributed, none better known in Australia. It is cheap, light, useful and a burden to no man. It goes with every traveller, it figures in comedy, art, writing and tragedy, and has been the repository of the last words of many a perished swagman. Often it is found with the grim message scratched on the bottom beside the dead owner.

Billies are of all sizes - from one to six quartz. Some hard up swagmen improvise by making a billy out of a fruit tin, with a bit of fencing wire for a handle.

So while the billy sits on the fire boiling, and you wait for that bush tea, share a story or two with your friends.

While the Billy Boils

While the cook sets up the camp oven and the billy boils, join Nicole Cody as she shares some delicious yarns about the Australian Outback, food and fun

Kimberly Crocs by Nicole Cody
Shearers' Cook by Nicole Cody
The Grammar of the Gang by Vivienne Bibby

Billabong Dreaming by Heather Blakey