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After the gun shearer John Robert (“Jacky” or “Jackie”) Howe, who in 1890 set a long-standing world record by shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours 40 minutes. He is said to have worn a shirt with the sleeves cut off.
- (Australia) A type of blue sleeveless shirt worn by sheep shearers and labourers.
1941, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Queensland Agricultural Journal, volume 56, page 171:
- Still, no one has ever thought before of associating a papaw with a “Jacky Howe,” or, say, fruit salad with a flannel shirt.
- 1949, Ruth Park, Poor Man's Orange, in 2010, The Harp in the South Trilogy, Penguin, unnumbered page,
- He had finished his tea and was sitting in his Jackie Howe, which is a singlet with the sleeves out of it, and called after a famous shearer of the blade days.
1990, Bianka Vidonya Balanzategui, Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade, page 28:
- As the Jacky Howe was identified with the canecutter so too were the canvas sandshoes which were worn till the canvas rotted.
1996, David Foster, The Glade within the Grove, page 58:
- The coppers tell me that whenever they pull the old curmudgeon over — and he′s still driving a B-Model Mack well into his eighties — all he would ever be wearing was a Jacky Howe singlet* and a pair of jocks.
- 2002, Kerry McGinnis, Heart Country, unnumbered page,
- Men in shorts and navy Jacky Howe singlets were building a causeway across the spill of swift, shallow water.