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The Drover’s Cook and other verses
by Tom Quilty
ISBN 978-0-85905-640-3, (1958 R 2016), 124 pages, soft cover, 140 grams.
$25.00* + POST
Tom Quilty was a well-known Kimberley cattleman who became famous for his verse and especially for his descriptive poem, “The Drover’s Cook – weighed fifteen stone, He had one bloodshot eye, He had no laces on his boots, No buttons on his fly.”
The royalties for this book go to the Kimberley RFDS. This small reprint of a now rare book is done to satisfy the curious readers of the new Red Dog: True Blue by Louis de Bernieres in which the author quotes verse from The Drover’s Cook.
by H.M. Barker
ISBN 0 85905 197 8, (1994 reprint of 1966 edition), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 124pp, illustrated, 175grams
$22.00 + POST
The acute powers of observation and vivid recollection of years spent in the bush that characterised his Camels and the Outback are again delightfully shown by H.M. Barker.
After highlighting the achievements of some of the best known of the early pioneers - Hawden, Tyson, de Satge, Sutherland, Gray, Buchanan, Christison and Cotton - he introduces the pleasures, rigours, vagaries and discomforts of droving as he experienced them.
Droving with Ben Taylor
Up and down the Canning Stock Route in 1946
by Len Hill
ISBN 978-0-85905-472-0, (New 2009), 236pp, Soft Cover, 310 grams
$33.00. + POST
Droving with Ben Taylor is based on the diary of a Canning Stock Route drover. It is the only droving diary known from the 50 years of operation of the CSR, the longest and most remote stock route in the world. Here, detailed, the old hand, Ben Taylor, teaches the youthful Len Hill the art of droving in the desert lands. With horses and camels from Wiluna to Billiluna, and return with cattle, this unique account describes the pleasures and duties of a drovers life, the cattle, the land, and its inhabitants. Len Hill is a retired Kimberley pastoralist. Among his many local roles he was a Halls Creek Shire Councillor, a member of the Kimberley Zone Development Committee, and a JP.
by Rachel Percy
As told by Dave Mills
ISBN 978-0-85905-505-5, (2012R), illust., 212 pp, 400g
$30.00 + POST
Humorous, gritty, real…
David Mills’ biography, Dry River, is a richly detailed account of working life in the Australian Outback in the last days of the old stockroutes and packsaddle cattle camps. An extraordinary story of an ordinary bloke.
Dry River is a vivid account of one man’s pursuit of his dream:
“…and one day – you never know – to have a cattle station of my own.”
The Dying World in Northwest Australia
by Helmut Petri
(With a Foreword by Susan Bradley and Introduction by Kim Akerman)
ISBN 978-0-85905-091-3, (New, 2011), 286pp, 160 x 240, illust., 660g
$45.00 + POST
Prior to leading the Twenty-second Frobenius Expedition (1938-1939), to the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, Helmut Petri had developed a wide range of interests that encompassed the fields of physical anthropology, ethnology, history, prehistory, economics and philosophy.