The Shearers by Evan McHugh

The Shearers by Evan McHugh

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The Shearers.

Evan McHugh

For much of its history Australia has been described as riding on the sheep's back . . . but if the country rode on anyone's back, it was on the aching, creaking, flexing spines of Australian shearers.'

Armed with their blades, a sense of adventure and a relentless work ethic, shearers have been a fundamental part of Australia's outback for centuries.

From legendary figures such as blade shearing record-holder Jack Howe and fearless union man cum poet Julian Stuart, to today's young guns having to adapt to a rapidly changing industry, these rugged, resilient and proud characters have influenced the social landscape and folklore of the country. Shearers contributed to the formation of both the Labor and National parties, while Australia's national song, 'Waltzing Matilda', was written on a Queensland sheep station.

Expert outback chronicler Evan McHugh – author of bestselling titles such as The Drovers and Outback Heroes – presents the definitive history of these men, bringing to life the toil, tumult and toughness of the shearing life, and the effect it has had on Australia's national character.

Additional product information

ISBN: 9780143574118
Size: 233mm x 158mm
Pages: 292 pages.
Binding: Soft laminated cover. Perfect Bound
Publication Date: 2015
Images (Colour or Mono) 16 pages colour and B/W photos.
Author and/or publisher Evan McHugh

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