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  • By Anne Salazar on September 26, 2011

    I have read several first-person accounts of women blithley following their beloved husbands to unexpected lives in the Australia Outback, but maybe none as honest and humorous as this one. Edna was a very young girl when she met the man she wanted to marry, but because of a number of reasons they did not get married until their late twenties. She had grown up on the wide open spaces of Queensland with parties, school dances, family vacations, etc. and then worked as an accountant before she felt she was ready to marry and move with her husband to Lansdowne, his brand new cattle ranch fully across the country in the rugged Kimberley Ranges of Western Australia. Following a grand wedding and honeymoon they headed out in a rickedy pick-up which held everything they owned. A few slow, hot, dry, dusty days out the truck went up in flames and they lost everything except their lives.And so it was to continue for a very long time. She cried many bitter tears, not realizing that everything was to get better as time went on and the children came, but following many years of hardship, the ranch eventually grew into a million acre cattle station, and they got indoor toilets, room partitions and doors, actual cement floors and other amenities she never in her wildest dreams thought people lived without in the so-called civilized 1970s. Throughout it all she dug in her heels and learned not only to cope but to become a courageous and strong woman, beloved and respected by all.This is yet another book that shows that Australia's untamed country, people, animals, etc. was in existence much longer than almost any American would believe. My admiration for these women knows no bounds, and we are all privileged to read their books detailing their struggles and triumphs. It is a shame that I have to seek out these books; they should be front and center for all of us to read.


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