Barry Nielsen

Australia lost its innocence in 1942. Japan had conquered Asia and the Pacific, and was at our doorstep. Our finest troops were fighting in the Middle East.

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Many of these stories are told by the pioneers themselves, showing how they lived in the 1880s and 1890s. Their stories are true memories handed down to me when I was a lad over sixty years ago.

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Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you’ve come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet place on the coast where he grew up. Now all he has to do is play the country cop and walk the dogs. And sometimes think about how he was before.
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Roping in the History of Broncoing

Since there was often very little timber suitable for yard building, cattle needed to be branded without yards, leading to the evolution of the broncoing method. [click to continue…]

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The Outback vs The Wild West

The Australian Outback and the American Wild West were two of the last frontiers in the territorial conquest and expansions of the 19th century. [click to continue…]

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The Outback vs The Wild West

The Australian Outback and the American Wild West were two of the last frontiers in the territorial conquest and expansions of the 19th century. [click to continue…]

For many Aboriginal people, white colonisation arrived with the armed men of the Native Police: a brutal force that operated on the 19th-century frontier, killing large numbers of Indigenous people.

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My Life as a Leyland

Revealed here for the first time is the inside story of life as a ‘Leyland Brother’, from modest beginnings as the children of British migrants, [click to continue…]

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Burke’s Soldier

Melbourne, 1871: John King is dying far from the deserts he traversed with the legendary burke and Wills. Ten years on from that fateful expedition – the first to cross the Australian continent from south to north – King is finally ready to tell his story. [click to continue…]

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Song of the Gun

All Dakota heard the song of the gun when two range giants declared war on each other. [click to continue…]

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The Spirit of Kokoda – Then and Now

Australia lost its innocence in 1942. Japan had conquered Asia and the Pacific, and was at our doorstep. Our finest troops were fighting in the Middle East.

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Nomads of the Goldfields

From Gympie in the south, through Mount Morgan and Canoona on the central coast, to Palmer river and Hodgkinson in the tropical north, the 19th century Queensland goldfields were a magnet for tumultuous swarms of nomadic fossickers.

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Maybe It’ll Rain Tomorrow

We share the sadness of Kate Darcy Teece as she tells of the tragic disappearance of her mother and ‘one of the little ones’ in 1944; the joy and relief of Elaine Cluff when three-year-old Tom is found after spending two nights lost in the bush; the humour as ‘Wagga’ Darcy is treed by a […]

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