Naseby poet ‘Blue Jeans’ dies

Poet Ross ‘‘Blue Jeans’’ McMillan at his Naseby home. Photo: Jono Edwards.
Poet Ross ‘‘Blue Jeans’’ McMillan at his Naseby home. Photo: Jono Edwards.
Naseby poet Ross ‘‘Blue Jeans’’ McMillan died in Lawrence yesterday, aged 90.

Mr McMillan was a musterer and farmer who used poetry to capture tales of the high country, and was a fixture at the Bards, Ballads and Bulldust festival.

He made his name as a "bush poet", performing his rhyming verse in ballads and songs.

All are about country life, whether it be about the "Publican’s Wife", or one of his many odes to dogs.

 

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