Memories of a Riverina Childhood

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Memories of a Riverina Childhood is both a chronicle of the pastoral industry in Australia and the story of one family, the Austins. Interwoven is a fascinating account of the fluctuating fortunes of the great Wanganella Merino stud which contained the original Peppin sheep, and of the sometimes acrimonious rivalry with the Falkiner family as to who could breed the finest sheep. Studded with personal opinions and anecdotes, some funny, others poignant and sad, Joan Palmer brings to life a long-gone era and the ...
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Overview

Memories of a Riverina Childhood is both a chronicle of the pastoral industry in Australia and the story of one family, the Austins. Interwoven is a fascinating account of the fluctuating fortunes of the great Wanganella Merino stud which contained the original Peppin sheep, and of the sometimes acrimonious rivalry with the Falkiner family as to who could breed the finest sheep. Studded with personal opinions and anecdotes, some funny, others poignant and sad, Joan Palmer brings to life a long-gone era and the excitement and privilege of growing up in the country on a large comfortable property. At the same time the book records the struggles and hardships endured by the many whose industry and perseverance made Australia what it is today. Joan Palmer's father, Austin William Austin, came to Australia in 1895 to manage for his uncle, Albert Austin, a large sheep station called Canoon located 30 miles from the small town of Hay in western Riverina. He was just 23 years old and found the remoteness and vastness of the property a startling contrast to his native Somerset. Obliged to accept the challenge of a new and harsh environment, he battled for years with rabbit and grasshopper plagues, droughts, fires and floods. In 1900 he married Marion Kennedy, the daughter of the Hay doctor, and they went to live on another of his uncle's properties, Lake Midgeon, near Narrandera, a station of 100,000 acres. It was here that Joan, her sister and two brothers were born.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780868403410
  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 183

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