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This hard back book of 112 pages, " Outback " was published by The Currawong Press in 1989.

20 x 27 cms ; inscription ; good condition.

There will always be a place for Hugh Sawrey as one of Australia's outback legends.

For he was the man who instigated the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland, for Australia's bicentennial year, 1988. After learning of the American Cowboy's Hall of Fame, he formulated his vision of an Australian version. That's how the ordinary working men in some of the loneliest stock routes on Earth became to be honoured for their immeasurable contribution to the wealth and development of Australia.

Born near the Buderim Mountain in Queensland in 1924, he was bred in the stockman's saddle, droving and mustering out past the Cooper and Diamantina, and as far west as W.A. A billy boiling near a rolled-out swag, the scent of gum trees and the gentle jingle of hobble chains are as familiar to him as the clear night sky.

On one of these droving jobs some years ago, Sawrey started scribbling sketches and daubing paintings on odd scraps of paper. He was developing a talent for painting bush scenes that is sharp, evocative and honest.

Other men have known the land so well. The great bush balladists such as Lawson, Paterson, Gordon and Kendall. Some of the verse inspired Sawrey's work, and when bush painter and bush balladist mix so well it's like adding just the right amount of salt to damper : it creates a marvellous earthy flavour that belongs to the outback alone.

' Hugh Sawrey, Outback ' is a sentimental journey by an extraordinary painter into unfenced Australia. His poet companions, now long gone, would have appreciated the trip.

Amazing ballads and amazing paintings ; lovely book. Please click here to ask a question
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