A Jillaroo is a young woman working on a sheep or cattle station to gain practical experience in the skills needed to become an owner, overseer, manager, etc. The word Jillaroo for a female land worker was coined in the Second World War and persists into the 21st century. During the war it was necessary for women to take on all the occupations followed traditionally only by men. Jillaroos were the female equivalent of Jackeroos. Jack and Jill was a widely known nursery rhyme at that time and suggests the derivation of Jillaroo from Jackaroo.
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