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Mr Stuart's Track - John Bailey

Paperback Published: 1st July 2007
ISBN: 9780330423618
Number Of Pages: 352

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On 14 May 1858, an expedition of discovery led by John McDouall Stuart departed from a copper mine located on the very edge of the known world in the North Flinders Ranges. The Australian continent stretched for another 2,000 kilometres to the north and 2,500 to the west and no white man had the slightest idea of what was there. It was to be the first of six expeditions mounted by Stuart, then aged 42, as he sought to uncover the mysteries of the interior and forge a path to the north. Ultimately he was to become part of a race across the continent, his rivals being the Burke and Wills expedition. In the end Stuart was to be the first European to cross Australia from south to north and return again, as the cumbersome expedition of Burke and Wills turned from farce to tragedy. Yet his hero's homecoming was to be shortlived.Mr Stuart's Track is a fascinating study of a loner, an explorer of no fixed abode, who battled alcoholism and ill-health to push himself to the limits of endurance in crossing straight through the red centre to the northern seas.

An Intrepid Australian history

5

This book is an excellent source of actual Australian history, not only of the country and the endeavour but of the Australian spirit, tenacity and self assurance. This book should be read compulsorily in conjunction to similar subject matter to demonstrate the culture of the times, the reliance on status hierarchy and outcome. There is so much more to be explained but it is the antidote to Burk and Will etc.

Wonbah, Queensland

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A must read for Australian's

5

This book should be read by all Australian's old and young. It is a window to the Exploration of early Australia and portrays extremely well the hardship of those brave men, especially Stuart. It also brings to light the interference of the "upper class" of those days in South Australia - especially Chambers and to a lesser extent Finke. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish and highly recommend.

Mandurah WA

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Stuart learnt from Sturt.

4

Reading Ivan Rudolph's Sturt's Desert Drama is recommended first as Mr Stuart's Track shows Stuart's skill working with Mr Sturt during 1844 to 1846. Both narratives highlight the harshness of the interior of which many urban Australia have little knowledge. His addiction to alcohol is highlighted but should never over-ride Stuart's many accomplishments eventually leading to the overland telegraph line.

Kogarah NSW

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For anyone who has adventure in their heart

5

A great story, well written & easy to follow. I found myself not wanting to put it down, and wondering what was around "the next corner". The writer made me feel as though I was there on the expedition. I was able to visualize how it may have been for these "wretched souls" back in the day. Definitely an inspiration to make one think about organizing another trip to "The Outback". Highly recommended.

Melbourne, Australia.

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very well written, quite entertaining

3

was a tough man

Qld

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Brings Stuart to life

4

I am a great admirer of Stuart, since I've bushwalked extensively in the Flinders Ranges (where Stuart did surveying of pastoral properties) and in the West MacDonnell Ranges in the NT. Stuart's diaries were used to find the passages thru the Ranges and where the waterholes were. He was spot on. But his diaries were understandably dry and focussed on the job. This book brings the human side of his endeavour out, as well as the character of his financial backers and the politics of exploration and settlement in remote areas. The book is written more for the general reader than an exploring/surveying type.

Melbourne

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Excellent read, well researched.

5

Good for history studies Well written

Melbourne

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Insightful study of a courageous and compassionate man.

5

Australian history of a courageous explorer, well presented, eminently readable. Of interest to a wide readership, historic accuracy, well written.Wen

Boreen point, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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fascinating reading, couldn't put it down

5

written to inspire empathy and admiration for John McDouall Stuart, and enlighten the reader on pre-European conditions in Australia.

Adelaide SA

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Enjoyed this lively account

4

Loved this book which I borrowed. Bought for adult son.

Melbourne

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Mr Stuart's Track

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ISBN: 9780330423618
ISBN-10: 0330423614
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st July 2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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