Fair Dinkum - Second Hand

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By Douglas Lockwood.  Published in 1963.  188 pages.

Hard cover in very good condition, dust cover covered.

'FAIR DINKUM stories about fair dinkum Aussies."  Here is another collection of not-so-tall stoires by the author of Crocodiles and Other People:  stories collected in the course of eighteen years in the rugged outback of the Northern Territory, where distances are measured in pints of water and time is hardly noticed.  But in this book the accent is on people rather than animals.

We meet here the gold-diggers, old men, some of them, still fishing for their buckets of ore at the bottom of deep shafts:  you should never go to see them without a 'calling-card' - they come in bottles from the brewery.  There are also the stock drovers, whose job it is to drive thousands of cattle across country for up to a thousand miles or so.  These and many other various characters are the author's neighbours.

But even such a bare and primitive area is not immune from the troubles of the world, and just after Pearl Harbour in 1942, the Japanes brought the war to Darwin.  Lockwood was there to write an eye-witness account for his paper.  Then, in 1954, came the world-shaking bombshell of the Petrov story.  Once again, the author was on the spot, in Darwin, to broadcast it to the world.  These, and many other stories, some historical, some tragic, some amusing, some supernatural, but all of them fascinating, go to make up this Australian miscellany.

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