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Author Thornton, Michael.

Title Jackaroo
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2011


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Description 287 pages ; 2.00 x 15.30 cm
Summary A rare view of life on the land for the man Fridays of the outback stations - the jackaroos. Tasked with the repetitive, dirty, disgusting and downright dangerous jobs, jackaroos are the general workhorses on the farm. As a young ungainly boy, relentlessly bullied at school, and having lost his father to alcoholism, Michael Thornton found the jackaroo life a life-changing introduction to manhood.Despatched to the Victorian sheep and cattle station Habbies Howe in the late '60s, to learn the wool trade from the ground up, he quickly discovered why the station was famed for its jackaroos. They were worked in an almost military regimen on punishing schedules but conversely earned the respect of the industry nationwide for it. Jackaroo tells the story of Michael's years learning the ropes and leaving his awkward childhood behind. He goes on to become senior jackaroo at Nareen for the Defence Minister and future PM Malcolm Fraser.A memoir that will appeal to those who love the land, and may
Genre/Form Reading nook.
ISBN 9780670075782 paperback
0670075787 paperback