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Tom Cole's autobiographical account of his adventures from 1920's and 1930's as a drover, station hand, buffalo shooter and crocodile hunter in Queensland and the Northern Territory of Australia. A picture of the life and times of a true adventurer!

Tom left the gentle country of Kent, at age 17 years, for adventure and to escape the winter cold of England. After an eventful voyage on an Orient line ship, the RMS ORMUZ, he arrived at Brisbane and promptly lined up a job on a remote cattle property in the Maranoa District. He found horse riding to his liking and in his spare time shot rabbits and kangaroos. After some time he travelled on to the Northern Territory and took up a job on Lake Nash cattle station. He quickly adapted to the routine of station life and went droving with a thousand and more bullocks in one mob, over a hundred miles, sleeping on the ground every night and taking his turn in riding round the cattle in the still and silent watches of the night.

His experiences, which are recounted with great humour and drama, were many and varied - the Overland Telegraph Line; the packhorse mails; the bush race meetings; horse-breaking; buffalo and crocodile hunting. He pays tribute to the many Aborigines with whom he worked and got to know so well, admiring their amazing endurance in that harsh unforgiving environment and learning some of their bushmanship.

Soft cover 360 Pages Size 13cm wide X 20cm high X 2.1cm thick Weight 412 g.

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