An unskilled labourer or odd jobber on a farm, especially in a shearing shed.
- They were local youth without permanent employment, who rotate from local casual jobs, rouseabouts, working in supermarket, pub.
- He was probably about 12-14 years old, and presumably acted as horse-tailer and as general rouseabout while in camp.
Mid 19th century: originally dialect in the sense 'rough bustling person', from the verb rouse.
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