REPRINT NOW AVAILABLE - Gidgee and Grit: a history of Loves Creek Station and Ross River Homestead, Central Australia, by Lorraine Day
Loves Creek Station, one of the earliest pastoral leases in Central Australia, once covered nearly 4000 sq km. Gidgee and Grit traces the history of the region from its geological beginnings and the Aboriginal culture to the early explorers like John McDouall Stuart, and construction of the Overland Telegraph line. It highlights the determination and fortitude of the early settlers who chose to eke out a living from this seemingly inhospitable terrain and were, without adequate communications, isolated for months and often years. It encompasses the transition from horses and camels to motor vehicles and helicopters, from cattle breeding to tourism and, after 100 years of cattle grazing, eventually returning the land to its indigenous owners.
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