There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.
Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies, plus various friends and associates from years gone by.
So these days all I have to do is keep the missus happy – my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning.
"Anywhere you wish, my darling," I tell her. "You just say the word and we'll be on our way."
So it's free as the breeze, we are now, out and about having wild and exciting adventures and being amazingly cool generally.
Best job I ever had.
on Aug. 03, 2014 :
Just finished my brother-inlaw Lindsay Johannsen's excellent book, McCullock's Gold, and almost enjoyed the personal detail at the end just as much ... virtually another short story in itself.
Now, while freely admitting that the book didn't so much turn out to be the great mystery story I was expecting, rather than the great murder adventure it is, with a dash of mystery, it was still never-the-less a great read of great merit, and certainly highly entertaining, especially the last two thirds of the story. In fact, I reckon the story would make an excellent Aussie flavored movie, if not the start of a great TV series. I love the characters in the book, especially the aboriginal (superb tracker ... only outdone by his wife Angelica) hero Jack Cadney and his white Copper mate Frazier. The humor within, was also very titillating. And what a car chase. I've seen and read a few of those in my time, and this one loses nothing in the telling or comparison. The story has a very satisfying ending, but of what kind, I don't feel at liberty to say, me not being one for spoilers, and I've no doubt already said too much. Do yourself a favor and read it, that's all I can say.
The story has a great Outback Aussie Bush flavor to it, and I'd certainly like to read more in it's vein, by the same very talented author.
Further to the above, I can only say it is very apparent that Lindsay has intimate knowledge of the Aussie Bush and it's long term indigenous inhabitants, as well as familiarity with Aussies of many kinds. As well as a very entertaining read, it is an interesting one, and you come away feeling all the richer for the experience he has given you.
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Peter Nicholas Farrell
on April 24, 2014 :
Excellent novel. The characters are well written and drag you into their story.
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