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  • Published: 26 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143010760
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

Outback Pioneers

Great Achievers of the Australian Bush




Thirteen stories of the men and women who have transformed the outback experience.

In Outback Pionners, Evan McHugh gathers the enthralling stories of the men and women who opened up the Australian outback and in the process discovered the beauty and terror of this extraordinary country.

We meet the little-known convict explorer John Wilson, the first European to cross the Blue Mountains (though history favours the proper English gentlemen Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson); we follow Australia's greatest drover, Nat Buchanan, as he blazes stock routes from one side of the country to another; and we marvel at the genius and grit of the men who overcome political treachery to build the Coolgardie Pipeline and the Trans-Australian Railway.

There are some delightful inclusions: a gentle Pakistani cameleer who saves foolhardy expeditioners; a nerdy ham radio operator who invents the pedal radio and paves the way for John Flynn's Flying Doctor; two bush nurses who toil in the ruins of a pub while saving outback lives; and the modern-day pioneers who battle apathy to save endangered whildlife.

'McHugh tells the stories of these great achievers simply and without romantic or other embellishment, which is how these characters would have wanted it.' Courier Mail

  • Pub date: 26 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143010760
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Evan McHugh

Evan McHugh is a journalist who has written for newspapers, television and radio. His previous books include The Stockmen: The Making of an Australian Legend, Outback Stations, Bushrangers, The Drovers, Birdsville, Outback Pioneers, Outback Heroes and Shipwrecks: Australia's Greatest Maritime Disasters. Evan's book about true crime in the outback, Red Centre, Dark Heart, won the Ned Kelly Award for best non-fiction in 2008. He lives with his wife in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

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