Description : What is it about the Australian outback? For nearly two centuries, narratives of outback journeys have been suffused with the aura of death. Why? It is not just that the desert is big, dry, hot and apparently empty. The outback is Australia’s “mythological crucible,” and journeys there have become rites of passage. It is where settler Australians go to die and perhaps be reborn. This book explores the landscape of this evolving national mythology. It argues that a more conscious engagement with the process of symbolic death and rebirth is needed for Australians to enter into a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to the land and its Indigenous people.
Description : When Jo Bourne lost her beloved husband, Bill, she worried that she had also lost her way in life and her will to live. With her children raised and living on their own, she knew that she was at a crossroads in her life. Then one day, she got a message from God telling her to become a missionary in Australia, and she set out on a new path. God in the Outback tells the inspiring story of a woman who longed to bring the word of God to those in need and who found her way to Australia with Gods help and encouragement. She knew that she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of people by bringing Gods word to them. At first, the trip and the financial obligations involved in getting her there seemed daunting, but with God there is always hope and her prayers were answered time and time again. As she adjusted to the culture and learned of the racial discrimination that existed there, she worked toward her purpose of reaching out and ministering to the Aboriginal children in the white community. Now, in this memoir, Bourne recounts her experiences in Australia during her mission, chronicling the good, the challenges, and the wondrous feeling of making a difference in the lives of many people. She knew that she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of people by bringing Gods word to them. At first, the trip and the financial obligations involved in getting her there seemed daunting, but with God there is always hope and her prayers were answered time and time again. As she adjusted to the culture and learned of the racial discrimination that existed there, she worked toward her purpose of reaching out and ministering to the Aboriginal children in the white community. Now, in this memoir, Bourne recounts her experiences in Australia during her mission, chronicling the good, the challenges, and the wondrous feeling of making a difference in the lives of many people.
Description : Just before World War I when the Australian outback suffered with the decline of its goldmines and the hard times on its pastoral runs, a young Victorian arrived to see how he could help. The white inhabitants of Central Australia were few, and were rarely if ever visited by clergymen, doctors or nurses. It was the Reverend John Flynn, a young Presbyterian clergyman from Victoria, who set out to ease the loneliness of many outback people. Working under the banner of his Australian Inland Mission he eventually was helped by travelling padres who held religious services where two or three people and a child or two were gathered together, and by the young nurses who opened makeshift hospitals far from the doctor’s surgery. It was here in the late 1920s that the world’s first flying doctor service was founded - made possible by Flynn’s supporters; a young and dedicated Melbourne doctor named George Simpson; Alfred Traegar of Adelaide who devised a pedal wireless that linked outback homesteads and camps with the faraway pilot and doctor; and the engineers who managed to fit a stretcher inside the cramped cabin of the tiny Qantas aircraft of that era. This is their remarkable story told for the first time in all its detail and with the understanding of an insider.
Description : 'No shoes, no vehicle, no food, no water and no idea. I'd always been one of those blokes who ragged on people who found themselves lost in the desert. Now I was one of those people. It was hard, desolate country for a man all alone in bare feet. Nevertheless, I started to walk. And walk. The more I walked, I figured, the less distance I'd have to travel to get found. It was faulty logic, but it was the best I could come up with. In April 2006 the news broke of an amazing feat of survival by a white man in one of the most inhospitable areas of Australia. Ricky Megee was found sheltering by a dam on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory. After being abducted on the Buntine Highway, drugged, then left for dead, Ricky had walked for ten days in bare feet through unforgiving terrain in blistering heat. Stumbling upon a dam, he set up camp there and survived for almost three months on leeches, grasshoppers, frogs and plants, losing 60 kg in body weight the process. In "Left for Dead in the Outback", Ricky Megee gives a full and frank account of his abduction and survival, for the first time since his extraordinary rescue. Vividly told, its a gripping yet inspiring story of how one man endures a terrible ordeal and lives to tell the tale.
Description : Living an ordinary life, journalist Jay Banks gets the chance of a lifetime to interview the dying world famous author Katherine Johnson. In her wildest dreams, Jay could not predict the unusual encounter with Katherine would shake her and make her question every important aspect of her life. Suddenly every action, feeling, relationship and choice is cast in doubt.Jay's story offers every reader, young and old, a fresh and powerful way to examine the most important parts of life and shift from ordinary existence to fascinating and exciting living.Joining Jay as she goes through pain and awakening on her journey of liberation allows readers to take an important step forward towards their own personal freedom.
Description : The lady and the surgeon! Lady Daisy Forsythe–York has left the army hoping for a new adventure as a doctor in the Outback. She never expects to find it by fainting into the arms of handsome surgeon Oscar Price on her first day! Oscar isn't looking for love, but there's something about Daisy! And when they spend an unexpected night together, the Outback surgeon ignites all Daisy's desires... Could Oscar's reawakening of buttoned–up Daisy lead to more than these two guarded hearts ever expected?
Description : What role did the remote satellite tracking station near Woomera South Australia play during the First Gulf War? What was it like when Aussies and Yanks lived and worked together while the Joint Defense Facility Nurrungar (JDFN) - now closed - was in operation? These questions are answered in Dave Ives' book, "Yanks in the Outback." Dave's story - although fiction - is based on his experience as a young US Air Force lieutenant stationed at the JDFN from February 1990 until May 1991. Written in diary format, Dave takes us with him on his personal journey "Down Under" ... how he deals with living in the remote outback, how he struggles at first with the Aussie accent, how he handles challenges as the sole military satellite systems engineer on site. The role of the JDFN during the First Gulf War is well documented in the public literature. The fact that operators from the JDFN were detecting and reporting SCUD missile launches in the Middle East war zone is no secret. But, Dave's story gives us a unique perspective - an inside, emotional and personal look at life at the JDFN before, during and just after the war. And, he presents a powerful case challenging the official story about the role the JDFN played in the SCUD missile launch that hit the barrack housing US soldiers in Saudi Arabia on 26 February 1991.
Description : A job in the bush! Sister Olivia Morrell started her new job in the Outback with some trepidation. She'd wanted to get away from it all but, in isolated Kimjong, there was only one doctor. And by all accounts, Dr. Clemson made a moody and difficult boss! Clem began to suspect his new nurse had come to Kimjong to get over a broken heart. But that didn't prevent his attraction to her! Perhaps if Olivia had to learn that not all men were unreliable, he could be the one to teach her…