Halfway between Birdsville and Innamincka: Cordillo Downs Woolshed

If the stone walls of the Cordillo Downs Woolshed could talk… Throughout the years the station has witnessed many significant events; Shearers chalked up an impressive 85,000 sheep shearing record, it was once regarded as the largest shearing shed in the world, was overrun with rats and in 1952, was even the location of an [...]

On the squatters run – Challicum Woolshed

At a time when the Australian wool export industry was firing on all cylinders, many of our colonial ancestors drifted across country Victoria in search of fertile pastoral land to run their sheep. Squatters and pastoralists were cashing in on the flourishing wool business, exporting their product to England, and becoming very wealthy along the [...]

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

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|2 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

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

When spinifex-castled pastoralists converged on the city

The 1950s was a time of cocktails at 5. But far from being limited to more urban areas where devoted apron-housewives of the television variety waited at the door for hubby with a throw-it down martini on a tray, the bush had its own particular favourites. Yes, beer was consumed by the litre however when [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

And then the floods come.

The outback has always evoked themes of struggle and survival, epitomised in tales of bush-rangers, drovers, rural women and lost children. Certainly any debate about National Identity usually gives consideration to rural Australian life, particularly as it is portrayed in painting, music, literature, film and most importantly, foods. To an extent rural Australia still helps [...]

By | October 16th, 2016|COUNTRY LIFE, MOTHER NATURE, Patriotism, Rural Affairs|0 Comments
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