To begin somewhere near the beginning, the Maluka―better known at that time as the new Boss for the Elsey―and I, his "missus", were at Darwin, in the Northern Territory, waiting for the train that was to take us just as far as it could―one hundred and fifty miles―on our way to the Never-Never.
And as those great hearts mourned ever and anon a long-drawn-out, sobbing cry went up from the camp, as the tribe mourned for their beloved dead―their dead and ours―our Maluka, "the best Boss that ever a man struck"
Short excerpt: Then Darwin came in twos and threes to discuss the situation, and while the men offered every form of service and encouragement, the women-folk spoke of a woman "going bush" as sheer madness.
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In 1902, newly-married Jeannie Gunn (Mrs Aeneas Gunn) left the security and comfort of her Melbourne home to travel to the depths of the Northern Territory, where her husband had been appointed manager of 'The Elsey', a large cattle station. One of the very few white women in the area, she was at first resented by people on and around the station, till her warmth and spirit won their affection and respect. She had an unerring ear and eye for the sounds and sights of the country; and this is her moving and simple account of her life amidst the beauty and cruelty of the land, and the isolation and loneliness - together with the comradeship and kindness of those around her. The favourite of generations of Australians since it was first published in 1908, We of the Never-Never can truly be called a classic.