Legendary singer/songwriter Ted Egan launched Lorraine Day’s third book, Gidgee and Grit: a history of Loves Creek Station and Ross River Homestead at Ross River Resort on 14 April 2013, praising its extensive research and comprehensive content, likening it to a PhD thesis.
Ted and local singer/songwriter Jeanette Wormald paid tribute to John McDouall Stuart and John Flynn with some pertinent songs, playing to a welcoming audience of nearby pastoralists, local identities and other interested attendees.
More than 30 years ago Lorraine and her late husband spent 18 months at Ross River Homestead when the Green family ran the tourist business. Now owned by the Grollo Group for more than 11 years, the resort is ably managed by Shane and Jodie Solzcaniuk. Gidgee and Grit is available from www.freestylepublications.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For every copy of Gidgee and Grit sold Freestyle Publications will donate $1.00 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to support their excellent work in providing medical services throughout Australia’s outback.
While in Central Australia, Lorraine also gave a talk on the history of horse racing in the Centre at the Alice Springs Library Heritage Week event.