Originally Posted by Psmith
Sorry,cobber.I have to dis-agree.After considerable research I have discovered it is because all the women on the first ship to arrive were called Sheila.
I've been here 13 years and this is the first time I've seen it used.
When I arrived in the mid 60s, sheila, cobber, zac, fair dinkum, wog (meaning illness), crook (meaning sick or bad) were all in common use but over the years they have slowly been discarded with the Americanisation of the language. You still hear them used occasionally in the bush by old fellas.