The image of the swaggie, that itinerant soul who walked the roads and tracks of the land in search of work, features prominently in Australia’s stories, songs and poetry. But the swaggies we mainly read and sing about are men. In this episode Jim introduces you to Charcoal Annie and Syrian Mary, two women who experienced the life of the swaggie. Although very little is known about them, he shares the information he has gathered over the years.

He has also written a song about each of these extraordinary ladies and these are included in the podcast.