The men and women you'll meet in this fascinating book come in all shapes and sizes, from convicts and engineers to cattleduffers and anthropologists.
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These remarkable Australians share an extraordinary ability to survive the rigours of the bush. He begins with escaped c The men and women you'll meet in this fascinating book come in all shapes and sizes, from convicts and engineers to cattleduffers and anthropologists.
He begins with escaped convict William Buckley, who emerged from the forest after thirty-two years in the wild; re-examines the legends of the Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda; recounts one of the most stunning rescues in Australian history; and relives the Olympics Opening Ceremony. These and other true stories of courage and ingenuity remind us how the Australian character was formed - through encounters with the bush, desert and outback.
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Showing Rating details. Sort order. Shelves: nonfiction-biography. Before becoming a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer in , Jim Haynes taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain and back again. He is the author of many Great Australian titles, including horse racing, yarns and unknown true stories. He is one of the country's most prolific and successful Australian authors. He was awarded an OAM in for 'service to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian'.
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