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- "I'll send the kid down with the thing and a billy of milk." - "The Woman at the Store", from "Selected Short Stories" by Katherine Mansfield (first published in 1912)
Billy in Australian literature
- "The swagman tramping ’cross the plain;
- Good Lord, there’s nothing sadder,
- Except the dog that slopes behind
- His master like a shadder;
- The turkey-tail to scare the flies,
- The water-bag and billy;
- The nose-bag getting cruel light,
- The traveller getting silly."
- - Henry Lawson, But What’s the Use
- "'I’m going to knock off work and try to make some money,' said Mitchell, as he jerked the tea-leaves out of his pannikin and reached for the billy..."
- - Henry Lawson, Mitchell’s Jobs
- "The hatter warmed up the tea-billy again, got out some currant buns, which he had baked himself in the camp-oven..."
- - Henry Lawson, The House that was Never Built
- "Then he made a fire in the kitchen, and hung the kettle and a big billy of water over it."
- - Henry Lawson, A Child in the Dark, and a Foreign Father
- "I started early, and Mary caught up to me at Ryan’s Crossing on Sandy Creek, where we boiled the billy and had some dinner."
- - Henry Lawson, ‘Water Them Geraniums’.I. A Lonely Track.
- "Mitchell and I turned off the track at the rabbit-proof fence and made for the tank in the mulga. We boiled the billy and had some salt mutton and damper."
- - Henry Lawson, The Lost Souls’ Hotel
- "Then he went to the camp-fire to try some potatoes which were boiling in their jackets in a billy, and to see about frying some chops for dinner."
- - Henry Lawson, The Loaded Dog
- "Then he lifted his swag quietly from the end of the floor, shouldered it, took up his water-bag and billy, and sneaked over the road, away from the place, like a thief."
- - Henry Lawson, An Incident at Stiffner’s
- "And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled..."
- - Banjo Patterson, Waltzing Matilda (song)