Fifteen Hundred Down the Murranji

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Bob Lunney, an adventurous 17 year old, already with Buffalo and Crocodile hunting experience, meets the Little Brothers. They convince him to join their droving team as they are about to commence a momentous movement of cattle from Willeroo station, west of Katherine to Rocklands station, near Camooweal, close to the Qld/NT border. Young Bob Lunney’s learning curve takes a dramatic and sudden lift. He writes in brilliant fashion of his 113 days on the trip. The dramas, the dangers, the humour, the conflicts, the beauty, are graphically and realistically set out for the reader. To wet your appetite, ‘I felt I was on an immense merry-go-round, with the animals moving up and down, but to the thunderous roar of stampeding cattle instead of the harmonious sounds of an organ. The herd was stretching out as though it was an elastic lump of toffee, the fast moving bullocks dragging a long, thin strand of cattle from the milling confused mass that was the herd.’ Remember that this life is now part of our rich outback history. Although the drovers have been replaced with huge road-trains, they will never be forgotten. 200pp. First published in 1998

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