Author(s): Kristin Weidenbach
Faraway is found beyond the city boundaries. It’s a place where sheep graze in scrubby bluebush hills and where the McBride family of Burra began its pastoral dynasty more than one hundred years ago. From the Faraway Hill sheep station, purchased in 1902, to the modern multimillion-dollar livestock enterprise of Telopea Downs, this family company has remained committed to the fortunes of the fleece. The book tells the story of the pioneering McBride family interwoven with the history of the wool industry in Australia. Through the giddy price rises and the devastating crashes, the McBrides never lost their nerve, and never lost their passion for wool. The company that AJ McBride founded with his son has endured for more than one hundred years, riding the sheep’s back with care and determination. The story of the creation of a woolgrowing empire is now told within the pages of Faraway.
‘This interesting, meticulous and revealing history adds to our knowledge today of what sort of energy and drive was needed at the beginning of rural development in the toughest of lands… One realises we all must have driven past or through, or maybe worked next door to, so much country that is now or was at some other time McBride country—from the remote North West to the favoured South East and so much more.’ —Hon Ian MacLachlan, AO
Kristin Weidenbach writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of the Australian bestseller Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse, the award-winning Growing up Moonta, and Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg, in addition to the commissioned histories of Santos (Blue Flames, Black Gold) and the Cruising Yacht Club of SA (First Watch). Her picture books for children include the CBCA award-winning Tom the Outback Mailman, Meet Banjo Paterson and King of the Outback: the story of Sidney Kidman