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They call him 'Nocka' from Nockatunga

Lydia Burton, Tuesday June 10, 2014 - 10:18 EST
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Old boss drover Neville 'Nocka' Peoples reminisces about his time on the routes. - ABC

Once upon a time western Queensland would have been flooded with drovers and stock on the move.

Today drovers are a dying breed. To make sure their stories are passed on, the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame hosts an annual drovers reunion, which has been happening for over 20 years.

One of the old-boss-drovers, 82-year-old Neville 'Nocka' Peoples, was in Longreach for this years event.

He grew up in Sydney and as a 15-year-old he boarded a train with nowhere in mind.

Along the way he met a drover and decided to join him on his journey to the Channel Country. And so his life as a drover began.

"When you took a mob of cattle it was nice to get to know them.

"You give nicknames to your cattle and know where they should be running in the mob.

"Sometimes you're pleased to see the tale end of them too.

"There's an old saying amongst drovers that you 'start them early and steer them straight, fill them up and camp them late'.

"It's just a matter of looking after them and they look after you."

"I've seen good times and bad times and you still see good times and bad times, I think you just cop it sweet and take it as it comes," Nocka says.


- ABC

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