The Argus (10 January 1939) caught up with Ms Betty Manning, a nurse from Auckland, who had spent the last year and a half hitch-hiking from Sydney to Cairns and back down to Melbourne. Her working ‘holiday’ included stints as a cotton-picker, waiter, kitchen staff, rodeo rider and musician — why a musician — she played ukulele. In fact, all she carried into Melbourne were two changes of clothing and her ukulele. She was heading next to Perth (a long walk that would have been), with plans to work there until she earned the fare to South Africa. Hope she got there safe.