great majority was bread, beef or mutton, in abundance and tea, no vegetables. The Queensland Government had just started to build its first bit of railway and there was plenty of work for navvies, and others who liked railway work at 8/- a day. I with two shipmates worked at it for a few days or a week but rain coming on and having no shelter we left and I soon after went to work with two men (who were previously gold diggers in Victoria and before that sailors sinking a well. They are good men hard working, hard drinking Scotchmen, one was married, had a wife and 3 children, the other was a bachelor and both poor as myself. They gave me a pound a week (and found of course) for helping, telling me not to work too hard, they had a pound a foot for sinking and slabbing the well and at the depth of 138 feet we struck water and I then with a mate struck up country for a couple of hundred miles. We travelled on foot with a horse to carry our swags (blankets, change of clothes etc). We bought flour tea & sugar on the road, beef we got for the asking. A generous station owner or manager allows a ration of flour tea sugar & meat to travellers who have no money. We went to work on a sheep station. To describe one station describes the lot. Imagine a big estate of thousands of acres in extent bounded by, say a river on one side, a range of rough hills on another, a dense scrub and so on – natural boundaries, an area of, not acres but square miles, this is a sheep run and in its natural state is capable of carrying flocks and herds to perfection, there may be a plain far as the eye can reach, open grassy timber country, well grassed ridges & splendid native grass everywhere and a variety of herbage. A nice site having permanent water is selected for the head station, here is built the owners or managers house, a few huts for the hands, a large woolshed where the sheep are shorn and the wool pressed into bales, There are all over the run 6 or 8 miles apart huts & sheep yards for one or two shepherds & their flocks never more than two flocks at one of these out stations. A run carries from 20,000 to 100,000 sheep.