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KIDMAN: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sydney Kidman - Christo Reid

KIDMAN: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sydney Kidman

By: Christo Reid, Jill Bowen (Contribution by), Graeme Davey (Designed by)

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In 2011, author and photographer Christo Reid inherited the personal belongings of his Aunt, who died at the age of 98.

Amongst her belongings were a collection of photograph albums, journals and newspaper cuttings from Sidney Reid, her father.

Sidney Reid was the son-in-law of Sir Sidney Kidman, the greatest single landowner in modern Australian history and a grazier dubbed 'The Cattle King'.

Sidney Reid managed Kidman's Adelaide office from 1912 to 1935 and throughout that time was involved intimately in both business and family life, travelling extensively with Kidman on tours of all his properties and sharing in family celebrations.

Reid was also an avid photographer, and arguably Kidman's greatest admirer. He left behind an extensive collection of photographs, clippings and 16 mm back and white film meticulously documenting the harsh reality of life in the outback of the early 1900s, as well as the life of one of Australia's most prolific pioneers.

Kidman: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman presents over 500 never-before-seen images and documents of Australia's 'Cattle King', taken from the family archives of Sir Sidney Kidman.

Designed in a sumptuous 240-page hardcover edition, with images that could be right off the set of Luhrmann's Australia or from the pages of Mary Durack's Kings in Grass Castles, as well as first account stories of life on the land, Kidman: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman is a true collector's edition.

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This handsome publication is a labour of love assembled by a descendant of Sir Sidney Kidman, The Cattle King celebrated in Ion Idriess's novel of that name.

Using the format of family album, Christo Reid has sourced previously unpublished photographs to provide a rich visual heritage archive of a man who became a legend of the bush and an icon of the outback. War, strikes, musters, races and rodeos fill these sepia toned pages of photographs, letters and press cuttings offering valuable glimpses into a life that has disappeared.

A wonderful gift for lovers of Australian history.

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    Excellent book with marvellous old photos. Collectors item

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    Australia is a harsh land

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    I have worked in this type of country and i have known dust storms drought and floods These guys were real pioneers

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    5.0

    very well presented book

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      It is one of the best presented and well researched books
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      4.0

      A beautifully presented book.

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        I received this as a gift. I have an interest in Australian history and the outback so it was informative. Detailed pictorial account of the time and his life. While a miser, he had incredible foresight. For the visually inclined, it could have had more captions, but still well enjoyed.

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          I bought this book as a gift for my husband.It`s beautifully put together and great to read, either to take time and read every word or flip through it and admire the photos and layout.

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          4.0

          great history

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            present for husband

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            Early Australian history.

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              Great reference book relating to early Australia.

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              5.0

              excellent product

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                great book tells the facts

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                ISBN: 9780646900940
                ISBN-10: 0646900940
                Audience: General
                Format: Hardcover
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 240
                Published: 1st August 2013
                Country of Publication: AU