Outback is an account of the immensely brave, sometimes foolish men who opened up the interior of Australia in the nineteenth century – men like Charles Sturt, who set out with a party of convicts and aboriginals to find the non-existent ‘inland sea’ which they hoped would water and enrich central Australia; George Grey, who landed on the north-western coast without even having seen the country before, and set out to walk the length of the coast to Perth; Edward John Eyre, who tramped right across southern Australia while his only white companion was murdered and his aborigine aids deserted him; and Burke and Wills, most famous of them all, who died a fearful death as the result of a simple misunderstanding. The stories are inspiriting and infuriating by turns, but the achievements of these big-hearted men cannot be denied. In 1800 the vast interior of Australia was complete unexplored; by 1874 its gigantic spaces had been all but won. It is an extraordinary story.
Published by Sutton; ISBN 978-0-7509-4297-3