Author(s): Graham Seal
'Graham Seal has the knack of the storyteller' - Warren Fahey AM..Australia's history is one of epic journeys, intrepid explorers, and mysterious disappearances in far flung places. From perilous sea voyages to the distant south land, to forays across vast deserts on horseback, they are stories of endurance and misadventure, survival and loss...Master storyteller Graham Seal has gathered together a gripping collection of famous and lesser-known journeys by land, sea and air in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As Warren Fahey writes in his foreword, 'Some journeys, like those of Burke and Wills, Lasseter's First Find, and the razing of the riverboat Rodney, are relatively well known. Others, mostly unknown, are tales of bravado, determination and, sometimes, sheer madness.'..From the comfort and safety of your armchair you can join some of Australia's bravest and also some of our most foolhardy men and women in their adventures...
Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on Australian cultural history. He is the bestselling author of Great Australian Stories, Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories, and The Savage Shore.
Foreword by Warren Fahey..Introduction: A Nomad Nation..Part 1 Arriving..The First Journey..First Encounters..A Boy Transported..All His Joiful Crew..About 600,000 Acres, More or Less..Gypsy Journeys..To Australia by Submarine..Part 2 Surviving..Within a Few Hours of Eternity..Up, Up and Away!..After Burke and Wills..A Dangerous Visit..Harry Stockdale's Long Ride..Across the Ice..Lifeboat No. 7..Dunera Boys..Part 3 Dangerous Journeys..Voyage to Freedom..Ned Kelly's Poor Driving..The Cameleer Factor..Wheels Across the Wilderness..Mrs Bell's Oldsmobile..The Secret Order of the Double Sunrise..The Real Great Escape..A Jenolan Journey..Manhunt..4. Mysterious Journeys..Leichhardt's Rifle..Naming the Desert..Lasseter's First Find..The Waratah Mystery..The Diamond Flight..Taman Shud..Roaming Gnomes..Tigga's Travels..5. Coming And Going..Platypus Dreaming..March to New Gold Mountain..Spider Woman..Black Lords of Summer..Steamship to Melbourne..The Most Beautiful Lies..Sons of Empire..The Great White Fleet..The Migrant Lord..6. Journeys Of The Heart..The Lady on the Sand..Pleading the Belly..My Heart is Still Unchanged..Footsteps of the Saint..An Australian Lady Travels..Les Darcy's Girl..Cab Across The Nullarbor..A Crush of Crabs..On the Hippie Trail..Doing The Doughnut..7. The Track..The Road West..Roads to Ruin..By Train to Hobart Town..Trudging Through Purgatory..The Stars for a Lantern..Hardships of the Track..Back of the Milky Way..Kiandra to Kosciuszko..A Forgotten Way..8. Working Ways..Hurdy-gurdy Girls..Cobb & Co to Melbourne..Across the Border..Way of the Charlatan..Razing the Rodney..The Magic Lantern Man..Travelling Teachers..The Road Urchin..Jumping the Rattlers..Sydney to Darwin on a Nine-bob Pony..Foreign Fables..9. Leaving..By Justice Does She Float..The Great Trek..The Longest Drove..The Last Ride..New Australia Bound..A Snowball March..May Gibbs Takes the Trans..A Glimpse Into Eternity..