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We of the Never-Never by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn
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We of the Never-Never (1908)

by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn

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A feel-good recount of a year in the Australian outbush in 1902, it romanticises the tough bush life with its beautiful imagery of the landscape and the optimistic promises of a new home. There's a distinct sly, dry humour underlying the novel where everybody walks around with a twinkle in their eye.The life is painted as one that is almost impossibly perfect and full of humorous, good-hearted people who survive and thrive in an isolation where mail only comes every six weeks. Then this mirage is given a dose of reality with period racism and slurs or with a recount of the fate of the previous postman. Even though current tastes have moved towards more realistic portrayals of the outback, I can't begrudge Jeannie Gunn her charmed and charming year knowing its sad demise.

Aside: Fizzer needs to write his own book. ( )
  kitzyl | Sep 24, 2016 |
Memoir of early life of European ranchers in Australia ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
the bookcover image goodreads uploaded here is not We of the Never Never.= have fixed that. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Very interesting description of life on a station in Northern Australia in the early 1900's. Women were not exactly welcome, but Mrs. Gunn earned respect of the station hands.Austrailia, early 1900's, bush country ( )
  Cyss | May 14, 2009 |
A bare-bones synopsis, from http://www.booksandcollectibles.com.au
"In 1902 Mrs Aeneas Gunn went with her husband to live on the remote Elsey cattle station near the Roper River in the Northern Territory. She wrote these classic stories about her experiences in the outback." I read this memoir before going to live in Australia, and remember feeling that it gave me needed courage. I also just learned that the text is available on the Gutenberg Project site.
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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.
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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.… (more)

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