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The Drovers

Evan McHugh


PUBLISHED: 29th August 2011
ISBN: 9780143205296
ANNOTATION:
Deals with the hapless convicts attempting to round up the First Fleet's escaped cattle on foot; overlanders blazing through trackless wilderness to supply the vast stations carved from the bush; stockmen who risked blizzards to bring cattle to alpine pastures; and, drovers who crossed the Australian continent behind the largest mobs of cattle.
The Drovers
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PUBLISHED: 29th August 2011
ISBN: 9780143205296
ANNOTATION:
Deals with the hapless convicts attempting to round up the First Fleet's escaped cattle on foot; overlanders blazing through trackless wilderness to supply the vast stations carved from the bush; stockmen who risked blizzards to bring cattle to alpine pastures; and, drovers who crossed the Australian continent behind the largest mobs of cattle.

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Deals with the hapless convicts attempting to round up the First Fleet's escaped cattle on foot; overlanders blazing through trackless wilderness to supply the vast stations carved from the bush; stockmen who risked blizzards to bring cattle to alpine pastures; and, drovers who crossed the Australian continent behind the largest mobs of cattle.

Publisher Description

From the High Country to the Outback, there are extraordinary stories of the men and women who have travelled across Australia behind mobs of cattle, sheep and horses. These quiet achievers, of every race and creed, forged an Australian legend. Evan McHugh brings alive the hapless convicts attempting to round up the First Fleet's escaped cattle on foot; overlanders blazing through trackless wilderness to supply the vast stations carved from the bush; stockmen who risked blizzards to bring cattle to alpine pastures; and drovers who crossed the continent behind the largest mobs of cattle the world has ever seen. These stories overflow with colourful characters: cattle-duffers like Harry Redford, renowned boss drovers like Nat Buchanan and strong women like Edna Zigenbine and Red Jack, who could measure up to any man. They lived a life most of us only dream about and came to love the beauty of Australia's most famous and infamous stock routes, including the Birdsville, Murranji and Strzelecki tracks, and the Canning stock route. McHugh's meticulous research and vivid eye for detail is the closest you'll get to saddling up your moke and poking a mob of cattle off camp.

Author Biography

Evan McHugh's previous books include Shipwrecks: Australia's Greatest Maritime Disasters, Outback Heroes, Outback Pioneers and Birdsville. His book about true crime in the outback, Red Centre, Dark Heart, won the Ned Kelly Award for best non-fiction in 2008.

Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Australia
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0143205293
ISBN-13
9780143205296
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2011-08-29
Country of Publication
Australia
Subtitle
Stories Behind the Heroes of Our Stock Routes
Author
Evan McHugh
Illustrations
maps.
Pages
272
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade