The Gulf Country
There is something about the Gulf Country that seems to become part of you.'
With its great rivers, grassy plains and mangrove-fringed coastline, Queensland's remote Gulf Country is rich and fertile land. It has long been home to Aboriginal people and, since the 1860s, also to Europeans and tosettlers with Chinese, Japanese and Afghan ancestry.
Richard J. Martin tells the story of a century-and-a-half of exploration and colonisation, the growth of cattle and mining industries, and the impactof Christian missionaries and Indigenous activism, through to the present day. He acknowledges the brutal realities of violence and dispossession, as wellas the challenges of life on the land in northern Australia.
Drawing on extensive interviews with people across the Gulf Country,this is a lively and colourful account of tight-knit communities, relationshipsacross cultures and resilience in the face of adversity.
Publication Date: 01-Apr-2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin