Hard Country, Hard Men - In the Footsteps of Gregory

Author(s): Kieran Kelly

Australian | Biography & Autobiography

Sir Augustus Charles Gregory is arguably Australia's greatest explorer. His 1855-56 North Australia Expedition was brilliantly led, produced the final pieces in the jig-saw map of Australia, solved the riddle of the inland sea, resulted in no loss of life, produced some of the greatest colonial art of the nineteenth century and made a prodigious contribution to the understanding of Australian botany. In this book Kelly has intertwined Gregory's narrative with his own experience of mounting and conducting an expedition in 1999 along Northern Territory's Victoria River. Kelly believes that the Australian identity epitomised by the Anzacs was forged in the hardship of the Australian bush. Janet Holmes a Court, in her foreword to Kelly's book calls it: pragmatic acceptance of the heroic in the day-to-day... and the grit to turn dreams into reality, which she sees both in Augustus Gregory and in Kieran Kelly's trek across her 'backyard'.

Second hand. Soft cover. In very good condition. No discolouration or markings


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780868067155
  • : GHR Press, The
  • : Hale & Iremonger
  • : February 2002
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kieran Kelly
  • : Paperback
  • : 288