Pro Hart – The Brushman of the Bush

Pro Hart. Surely everyone has heard of this iconic artist in Australia. If not, then here's a brief snapshot of the man who grew to become synonymous with the outback. Pro was a Broken Hill boy. He grew up at his parent's property, Larloona Station, which was located about one hundred and thirty kilometres east [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wild Lands sold into Russia & the Ukraine.

NEWS FLASH - AUGUST 2019 Wild Lands has been sold into Russia with the translated work due for publication within the next 18 months. Thankyou to Ukraine based publisher, Hemiro who publishes titles in both Ukrainian and Russian. 'Kate is a modern day feminist… in a wild land. An epic novel.’ -The Big Book Club

By | August 12th, 2019|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info|0 Comments

History snippet – pocket globes, keeping track of new lands.

While Columbus didn't quite take to the idea of the earth being a sphere, Greek astronomers of the third century were onto it early. By the second century they'd constructed the first terrestrial globe known to man, and the fad of having your own world to spin gained momentum from that point on. Terrestrial globes, [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Australian History|0 Comments

In the middle of a dust storm – Eric Minchin, Brushmen of the Bush

‘From the very first time I came to Broken Hill … in the middle of a dust storm accompanied by 100 degree heat, I loved the fierceness and the challenge of this area.’ Eric Minchin 1975. The founder of the Brushmen of the Bush, Eric Minchin was a man with an eye for opportunity. Minchin [...]

By | July 29th, 2019|Art & Art history, Australian History|0 Comments

The naive art of Hugh Schulz & the Brushmen of the Bush.

Hugh Schulz's art has appeared in many Australian and international books on Naive Art, this is a wonderfully expressive term for a man who was an exponent of what is commonly considered a more childlike approach to art. There is something quite enchanting about his work, as if he has turned a magnifying glass on [...]

By | July 22nd, 2019|Art & Art history|0 Comments

The Brushmen of the Bush – Jack Absalom

Brushmen of the Bush. Now here's a painting group that deserved their iconic name. In 1973 five artists met in Broken Hill, New South Wales  and started collaborating. The artists, comprising of Pro Hart, Eric Minchin, Jack Absalom, Hugh Schulz and John Pickup would change forever the perception of outback art both in Australia and abroad, ensuring [...]

Weevil infested johnny cakes to sourdough bread.

In a normal season many farmers would be close to finishing their winter crop plantings. Not this year. While there are some who received the benefit of good rain or were prepared to take a punt on limited moisture profiles, there are many who would be staring at yet another year of dry, unplanted cultivations. [...]

Creek swims & cornmeat brine.

Well before the arrival of designer boutiques sporting stylish outback fashion, the basic needs of the bush man and woman were met through trail and error. Necessity has always been a hallmark of invention and no more so in Australia where distance and the rugged outdoor life of our intrepid pioneers fed the need for [...]

The keepers of a country’s history

Have you ever noticed that at family gatherings the stories that are shared quite often relate to a moment in a family’s history. We exchange memories of precious times and loved ones, delighting in snippets from the past, a form of reminiscence that can bring great joy and humour, but also reflective sadness. Recently I [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Family history|0 Comments

Mustering money. The company property.

Mustering money. It’s a term that can only be applied in Australia. A place where once mighty sheep stations were forged in the outback by men with the ability to raise funds for their far-flung ventures. The majority of company properties (the AACo was established as a land development company in 1824) came into being [...]

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