1. a prisoner or ex-prisoner who had been confined on Cockatoo Island.
2. [mid-19C+] a small farmer.
3. in attrib. use of sense 2.
4. [1920s+] a small farmer or large landowner, as modified by the crop in which they specialize, e.g. wheat cocky, cow cocky under cow n.1 etc.
5. [1950s] a lookout at a two-up game.
[late 19C+] (Aus.) the world of small farmers.
see cockies’ clip n.
[1900s–40s] (Aus.) dry corncobs used as fuel.
[20C+] (Aus.) dawn.
1. [20C+] molasses, treacle or golden syrup.
2. [1970s] wire fencing.
1. binder twine.
2. [1930s] (Aus.) fencing wire.
[2000s] (N.Z.) grease, oil.
[20C+] (Aus.) fencing wire, which has a variety of everyday uses in addition to marking boundaries.
see under cow n.1
[1940s+] (Aus.) useless, impotent, a non-participant.
[late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a small-scale sheep farmer.