Book Launch 2 March 2013

Lorraine Day's latest book, 'Gidgee and Grit: a history of Loves Creek Sttion and Ross River Homestead, Central Australia' will be launched by Ted Egan (legendary Australian singer songwriter, self-confessed bushy, former Northern Territory Administrator, and compassionate advocate for Aboriginals and all Australians) at 2 pm on Saturday 2 March 2013 at the SA Writers' Centre, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide (upstairs). Lift access is also available via the adjacent Brunelli's Restaurant.

Loves Creek Station is one of the earliest pastoral leases in Central Australia, and once covered nearly 4000 sq km.

Gidgee and Grit traces the history of the region from geological beginnings and Aboriginal culture to the early explorers like John McDouall Stuart, and construction of the Overland Telegraph line. It highlights the determination and fortitude of the early settlers who chose to eke out a living from this seemingly inhospitable terrain and were, without adequate communications, isolated for months and often years.

Gidgee and Grit encompasses the transition from horses and camels to motor vehicles and helicopters, from cattle breeding to tourism and, after 100 years of cattle grazing, eventually returning the land to its indigenous owners.

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