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West of Matilda: Life in Outback Queen/McDonald, Lorn/Paper/1875998950/S056-E2
Central Queensland University Press
West of Matilda is a sequel to the famous Sin, Sweat and Sorrow, the best-selling documentary history of Rockhampton, pioneering gateway to the west.
Matilda is the highway running from Cunnamulla in the south to Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Historian Lorna McDonald with 16 books to her credit, has this time celebrated the back country and its people, past and present, from Charleville and the Heartbreak Corner of the Tullys in the south-west, through Birdsville and Bedourie and Boulia, all the way to Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Normanton, Burketown and Camooweal in the north-west.
Events covered include the 1891 Shearers' Strike, Waltzing Matilda, the beginnings of Qantas and the discovery of fossil rocks at Riversleigh. In our own time, eighty-seven outback men and women share their fascinating stories of changing lifestyles between the 1930s and the year 2000. This is a living history of Matilda country.