The publisher who took it on landed a best seller that was reprinted many times. A great example of how out of touch most publishers are with what the public want to read when it comes to rural publishing — unfortunately many believe outback stories are of no interest to the general public. I hope all the publishers who knocked him back learnt all about how popular his writing was, afterwards. However it is a great historical record and entertaining reading at the same time. It would have been great to see the publication of an updated version or a sequel, as an even more comprehensive record, but maybe Don was understandably knackered from the hard work involved in his first great effort.
Born in David spent his early years on the family dairy farm then at 14 headed of to his first job as a jackeroo on Angorichina station.
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On the first day he was shown how to shoe the horse he was to ride. Thus began a lifetime profession. David Farmilo is not just an observer of all horse behaviour he is clearly an accomplished human psychologist as well, who has a great sense of humour, and he is also an excellent writer. A must-read for anyone interested in horses. Hilarious, I can open this book up anywhere and get a good laugh, even though I've read it all before. Although it's possible I am biased, because it's written in a region fairly similar to the one I grew up in, so it's easy for me to relate to.
If attention is paid to what Christina has written laugh, then think about what she's said , the reader is given a very thorough and accurate understanding of what life is really like on a farm in more closely settled areas of southern Australia. Written a while ago, but the principles still apply. Christina also wrote the excellent book regarding her sister Tamie Fraser, 'It wasn't meant to be easy'.
Susan later emigrated with her Scottish vet husband, who took up a DPI job in Longreach going from one climatic extreme to another — from not enough cloudless, hot skies to too many. A spade is a b- shovel. Australia's best known story of a poineering family. Published 25 years after his first book Whirlwind Country , more great photos by someone who spent decades living in remote Western Queensland.
Sensitive images showing the changes in seasons and natural bush on the station he grew up on south of Winton in central western Queensland. Intertwined with many other well-known Peninsula families such as the Gostelows and the Shephards.
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A series of fascinating letters written by a young Englishman Millais Culpin, in charge of the very isolated one-teacher school in Laura, far north Queensland. Vivid descriptions of the life, landscape and people in the remote tropics when the region was being settled.
Stories of the ingenuity and hardships of the mail carriers from Port Augusta up to Birdsville and beyond.
John de Groot's years growing up in Barcaldine central western Queensland from when he moved there in at the age of 7, and his goat racing exploits. An entertaining reminder of how dull life is for over-protected, active young boys, these days - most of whom aren't even allowed to ride their bikes to school let alone train and race goats in their spare time.
Dr Leary was born in and lived until This book recounting his experiences on the various missions and stations in far north Queensland and Cape York Peninsula was published in the year after his death. Very sad that he did not see how much others would enjoy reading his stories. An excellent autobiography of the rough living conditions around the lower reaches of the Northern Territory's Victoria River on the AACo-owned Auvergne Station, until ; beginning at Caldervale near Tambo in central Qld in Lloyd is unusually matter-of-fact and honest in expressing his opinions on other people he encountered in the bush over these three decades.
The authors of most similar books consistently avoid expressing such blunt opinions, and thus reducing the air of authenticity and credibility of their story. There are idiots in the bush just as in the city; and pretending otherwise simply makes a reader wonder what else is being glossed over. Reading this book just after seeing the film 'Australia', I found it incredible that Lloyd Fogarty must have been writing his book at the same time that Baz Luhrmann was producing his film - and neither would have seen the other's work in progress.
While the stories are not similar, there are a lot of uncanny tie-ins. Lloyd discusses the rough roads and river crossings, living conditions and a whole lot of other details which tied in with what appeared in 'Australia'. Even the book's photographs are a reminder of the film - such a photograph of a truck similar to the one in 'Australia' crossing Timber Creek.
Auvergne wouldn't have been far away, as the crow flies, from the mythical 'Faraway Downs'. These details in common, between the 'Australia' film and book 'Not without his sons', aren't actually a co-incidence - they merely confirm the thoroughness of Baz Luhrmann's research. The book runs from the s until Not a romantic whitewash, and relatively recent history — a very good read. Lawrie was a Brisbane Courier Mail journalist and the late Hugh Sawrey was a great painter of stockmen and outback landscapes. A pair of great characters, as is apparent in their book. Bruce was born in and this is a very well told yarn about his years as a drover, mainly up until the s.
Many interesting observations for example on the distinctiveness of hats and what ringers wore. Bruce has produced other books too and is a talented poet there are a lot of people around singing his words and he has an avid interest in explorers such as Ludwig Leichardt. More than twenty years of work went into producing this excellent record of personal stories of high country residents.
An invaluable cultural record, a good laugh, and it contains some excellent historical photographs. A hard life, beautifully written. Maggie was born around This is an interesting yarn about East Kimberley history, and surviving tough times in the Wyndham area. The book has an amazing and heart-rending postscript regarding the late appearance of a relation that she never knew existed. Filled with information about how Slim Dusty started off and his life on the road, from the early days until John Elliott grew up in Blackall and has worked as a professional photographer for many years as well as writing for and editing a number of magazines.
He went on many trips with Slim Dusty and his family so got to know them very well over the years. It shows in his book. The story of Fred McKay, born on a Mackay cane farm in Beautiful portrait photographs of women living in remote Australia, accompanied by brief biographies. Ray Fryer was born in the s and grew up just west of Townsville. This is his interesting, serious and funny account of building up Urapunga station on the Roper River in the Northern Territory, a virtually undeveloped lease he took up in the early s.
Inspiring stories of interesting characters R. Williams has encountered through a long life. With some beautifully evocative watercolours by Helen Goldsmith. The station employees working to stand the garden trees upright again after being flattened by a cyclone, made a big impression. Well written, as all Ted's books are. Gives a good understanding of the hazards of living in remote areas a long distance from medical help. The perils of such isolation remain the same today, except for better communications provided via telephones and two-way radios.
Evelyn Maunsell was born in England in and this book covers her arrival in Cairns in to be married to Charlie and embark on her life on Mount Mulgrave then Wrotham Park station northwest of Cairns Far North Queensland. This book is an excellent reminder of how relatively recent European settlement is in northern Australia. Has been reprinted many times. Beautiful portraits accompanied by short biographies. Cape York remains the most isolated region in Australia — very large in area, with poor roads and residents who are not especially affluent.
Most of the Peninsula is very flat and not very rocky so heavy rain makes the roads impassable for weeks or months each wet season. An interesting book of personal family photographs and comments on the Underwood family station, Riveren, in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory. A great reminder of how new our roads are in central and northern Australia, and how difficult it was to drive through the inland several generations ago.
Sadly he died a few years ago however his wife Emily lives in north Queensland and still travels about to visit mates. I felt really fortunate to have her at the launch of A Million Acre Masterpiece, giving us handy, practical tips on how to set up a book signing, which was old stuff to her but completely new to me. Ted Egan was born in and this is his first autobiography, covering his first sixteen years, while in Melbourne. This book ends when he set sail for South America to be a gaucho but got waylaid in northern Australia.
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Priceless recording of a pioneer settling Mount Elizabeth station in the remote northern Kimberley. A really interesting read. Peter was born and bred on the family owned station south of Winton. His images have the authenticity and empathy only obtainable by living the life and observing nature through many years of differing seasons. Great step-by-step black and white photographs of bronco branding, with explanations.
A comprehensive recount of traditional stockhorse handling, from breeding stockhorses and handling colts to some excellent, common-sense advice regarding the common riding and horse-handling mistakes - based on personal experience. Born in , Rowand Jameison started school in Mundingburra just a few blocks blocks from where we now live, but spent his later working life in the New South Wales southern Riverina sheep country not far from where I grew up.
His book covers nearly 60 years, from jackerooing in Queensland around the end of World War I to managing Uardry merino stud from to Told with a dry sense of humour as the title suggests , and an interesting read. Recollections of 50 years of droving with very thoughtful cattle handling observations. Open to the public. Open to the public ; MW University of Sydney Library. Toowoomba City Library. UNSW Library. Wentworth Shire Library. Griffith City Library.
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The display features images of nurses performing check-ups, a family operating a pedal wireless on an outback veranda, children riding camels and two patrol padres bogged on the Cape York track. Rosemary Young from Frontier Services, which is a continuation of AIM run by the Uniting Church, said the exhibition highlighted an incredible period in Australian history not often captured on film.
To find a record of those times is extraordinary," she said. Originally published as Honouring the outback angels.