Sunrise. Sunset: The bush almanac

Sunrise and sunset. These are my favourite times of the day, when the sun is near the horizon straddling the rim of the earth, as it either embarks on bringing us a new day or dwindles towards nightfall. The best photos are taken at this time when sunlight travels through a greater depth of atmosphere, [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

St John’s First Aid: 900 years on the crusaders are still helping the sick and those in distress

When you live remotely providing first aid at an accident is not a matter of if you might be called upon, but rather when. Recently the Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education P&C Association raised funds to hold a free St John’s Ambulance NSW First Aid course for parents, teachers, supervisors, governesses and other community members [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Is this agriculture’s golden time?

Is this the golden era for Australian agriculture? That depends on where your business is located, what you produce and taking a short-term view, how well your commodities withstood this summer’s hot temperatures. Of course farming is a long-term game with history pointing to more downward fluctuations than up. However there are standout periods. Some [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, Industry Info|0 Comments

One of a kind: Isis Downs woolshed

Deep within the grazing country of Central Queensland sits the heritage listed Isis Downs Woolshed. It’s located 20km east of the small township of Isisford, bordered by the Barcoo river, a system that flows towards the expansive Lake Eyre in central Australia. The waterway forms a natural dividing line between the outback and the remoter [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|4 Comments

‘Herd for Hope’: Driving cattle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sometimes fabulous ideas get stymied. And so it seems that the ‘Herd for Hope’ fundraiser that was set to see a herd of cattle being driven across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge has hit a major roadblock of the bureaucracy kind. With the event planned to raise much needed recognition for organ donation and set [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Inspiration, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Everyone knows milk comes from the fridge.

I often find myself having discussions about food security. The availability and access to food is something taken for granted by many. We go to the supermarket or butcher and purchase our groceries with little thought that one day an item may not be available; that is until we reach for say the banana’s or [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Industry Info|0 Comments

The Jackeroo turned painter – Drysdale

This year I’ve thoroughly enjoyed remembering some of Australia’s most influential pastoral artists, painters who have left a significant imprint on Australian history through their depictions and reflections of rural life. To wrap up this series of blog posts I’m going to take a look at one final artist, well-known painter Russell Drysdale. Above [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Art & Art history, Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

The longest fence in the world is in Australia

As fences go, Australia’s Dingo fence is the longest in the world. The two metre high mesh fence stretches 5 614 km across Australia and has split the continent in two for the past 130 years. Dingoes, Australia’s wild dogs have been a major problem on agricultural land since the beginning of European settlement. Sheep are [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

City, country, land, sea.

There is something about having the sky for a ceiling, of watching the bush come alive in the morning as the sun pulls itself over the rim of the earth. A light breeze caressing the land, rustling the grasses and carrying the cloying scents of animals and herbage. To stand in the middle of a [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|A WRITERS LIFE, COUNTRY LIFE, MOTHER NATURE|0 Comments

Tom Roberts – Icon

The Australian bush has its own unique light; a natural glow that pierces through the Eucalypt branches and radiates across the land. An artist who recognised this beauty, and consciously immersed himself in these images of the outback was Tom Roberts. He was a creative who captured the vast perimeters of rural living and the [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Art & Art history, Australian pastoral history|0 Comments
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