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  • Published: 23 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780670076260
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99

The Stockmen: The Making of An Australian Legend



The voices of stockmen throughout the ages are woven together with McHugh's renowned expertise and keen eye for detail, to capture the epic scale of the famous cattle stations, how the industry has shaped the country and the unique pleasures of the stockman's life.

Working in some of the world's most challenging natural landscapes with beasts from tame to totally wild, the stockman speaks to something within the soul of every Australian.

Evan McHugh, one of Australia's foremost chroniclers of the outback and the bush, presents the fascinating history of the stockmen and women who have carved a living from the rugged ranges of the high country to the vast arid heart of the outback. Richly illustrated with archival images and documents, as well as stunning contemporary photographs, the book tells the story of the stockmen throughout the ages, taking in legendary stock routes like the Murranji and Birdsville Track, the roles of Aboriginal workers and stockwomen, and the trials and triumphs of life in the stock camp.

The voices of stockmen throughout the ages are woven together with McHugh's renowned expertise and keen eye for detail, to capture the epic scale of the famous cattle stations, how the industry has shaped the country and the unique pleasures of the stockman's life.

This is the definitive story of an Australian icon.

'Quite beautiful.' RM Williams Outback

  • Published: 23 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780670076260
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99

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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Praise for The Stockmen: The Making of An Australian Legend

McHugh captures the heart of the Australian bush to perfection both visually and with his narrative. Everyone should have a copy.

Manly Daily

This book is a beautiful tribute to those who have opened up the inland.

Blue's Country Magazine

Exhaustive research with no punches pulled.

Newcastle Herald

Evan McHugh collates an impressive array of stories, photos and historical information and gathers it together in a beautiful book.

RM Williams Outback Magazine

McHugh at his finest.

Weekly Times

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