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 : 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 : 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 : Following is an excerpt from this extensive & highly detailed guide by a lifetime resident of Australia. The guide covers all the hotels, restaurants, sights to see and activities, from beachgoing to hiking, kayaking to exploring the Outback and the cultural attractions. AustraliaOCOs largest state takes up nearly a third of the continent, filling some 2,525,250 square kilometers with a diverse mix of extreme and wonderful landscapes. The balmy seaside capital of Perth and its thriving southern suburb of Fremantle, where 1.4 of the stateOCOs 1.8 million residents live, are spread along AustraliaOCOs southwest edge, just north of the Cape Naturaliste hook. South of here, lush river valleys and coastal parks stretch east for more than 1,620 km, while north of Perth, along the rough edge of the Indian Ocean, towns are far and few, with vast natural parklands coloring in the empty spaces between them. The countryOCOs westernmost town, Coral Bay, lies halfway up the coast, from where the land cuts back east and north toward Port Hedland and Broome. And still the state sprawls on, further northeast through the great, dry plains of the Kimberley, and south through endless expanses of gold and red desert. Within these great, barren stretches and along the coastlines, however, are hidden treasures that for the past century have fueled much of AustraliaOCOs economy. The famous goldfields, where fortune-seekers thronged in the late 1800s, surround the southern Outback city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Mineral sands and deposits of bauxite, the source for the countryOCOs massive aluminum industry, are tucked along the stateOCOs southwest edge. Around the Kimberley, or the far northwest, natural gas is the abundant resource, tapped in enormous quantities from the Northwest Shelf. The Pilbara, along the north-central coast, has the worldOCOs most extensive iron-ore deposits. And this is all not to mention the world-famous pearls found offshore of Broome, which rack up some US$200 million in yearly exports alone, or the Argyle Diamond mine of the same region, which produces more diamonds a year than anywhere else on the planet. In short, this is a massive state where riches and resources are only just being discovered. Million-hectare cattle stations stretch far and wide; broad national parks with million-year-old natural phenomena take their places in patchwork fashion around them; and thousands of kilometers of desolate, unexplored lands fill the gaps in between. You could wander here for a year and not run into a soul if you were well-prepared, or you could skirt between desert, ocean, and river excursions. ThereOCOs plenty of history and culture surrounding every settlement, too, providing for a well-rounded adventure experience that delves deep into a very unique blend of environments. With more than 63 national parks, bushwalking is the number-one activity, followed closely by four-wheel-drive adventures. The entire state is edged by the ocean, with magnificent reefs around the center, so diving and snorkeling, boating, windsurfing, and other watersports are all possibilities. Historic cultural excursions take place in the center and the far north Aboriginal lands, while modern encounters might have you wine-tasting through the southwest Margaret River vineyards. You can cycle around the coast, rock climb and abseil in the rugged mountains, explore caves in the central region, camel trek in the desert, kayak the southern rivers, dive and snorkel along remote reefs, and surf chic Perth swells or lonely Pacific bays. The possibilities are as endless as the land, for the state is only just being chiseled into a major adventure destination, and itOCOs a place where you truly have the chance to trail-blaze, get lost, and discover something entirely new about the world - and your own character within it."
Description : The work of a nurse is challenging enough, but when you add a remote location, the stakes are so much higher. Meet fifteen courageous people who have chosen to pursue careers in remote area nursing. There's Anna, who is on duty in Georgetown as the fury of Cyclone Yasi tears through inland Queensland; Maureen in outback New South Wales, who faces everything from a snakebite to a helicopter crash; Aggie, who overcomes her demons to help young people in the Kimberley; and Catherine, newly graduated and determined to make a difference in the Gulf Country she and her rodeo-riding husband call home. From some of the most remote places on earth, these stories bring the outback to life - we witness the harshness and isolation as well as the camaraderie of life in small towns in the middle of nowhere. These intrepid nurses manage everyday health care and life-threatening emergencies, patch up the local pets and fundraise for their towns. They are the heartbeat of their communities. From Bidyadanga to Broken Hill, from Mount Isa to Marree, these tales are by turns moving and inspiring, full of gutsy feats and classic outback spirit.
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…
Description : Darcy is shocked at the contents of her late father's will. She might have inherited half his estate—but the other half has gone to her estranged sister! Not only that, her father has given overall control to Curt Berenger, a man whom Darcy once nearly married.… To Darcy's horror, her gold-digging sister is now making a move on Curt. Her Curt. Curt whom Darcy has to work with, despite everything. And Darcy knows that if she has any hope of being with Curt she'll have to tell him why she fi nished with him all those years ago.…