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A shiralee is Australian slang for the bundle carried about by a swagman (a tramp or thief). In this instance, the "bundle" is the 10-year-old daughter of an Australian migrant laborer whose wife has left him.
The word "shiralee" is Australian slang for a swagman's blanket roll or burden he carries with him. Here's it's used to refer to the kid.
You cross the road again like that and I'll tan the bloody hide off you!
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