Jackson'S Track

Jackson'S Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

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In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, Daryl Tonkin and his brother Harry head to the bush searching for work and adventure. The following year they set up a timber mill at Jackson's Track - a dreamtime place - in the rich temperate forests of south-eastern Victoria.

An experienced bushman, the 'quiet type', Daryl works to clear the scrub; exploring the land and its ancient people, he unexpectedly falls in love. But Daryl is white and Euphie is black, and neither of them is prepared for the conflict their forbidden love ignites.

This riveting memoir recaptures a community, place and way of life long vanished. It tells of one man's courage to pursue what he knows is right.

An unforgettable true story of joy and tragedy, and of hope in the face of adversity.

'Passion, drama, heartbreak and determination abound' - Australian

'Thought-provoking and timely, this book is a must for anyone hoping to understand Australia's past' - Herald Sun

'A classic of its genre' - Sydney Morning Herald
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 128 x 198mm
  • A & U House of Books
  • NSW, Australia
  • 174331406X
  • 9781743314067

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'Passion, drama, heartbreak and determination abound. ' - Australian 'Thought-provoking and timely, this book is a must for anyone hoping to understand Australia's past.' - Herald Sun 'A classic of its genre' - Sydney Morning Herald.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Map

Prologue: Change

Eliza Peters' 550

The Tonkin brothers

The mill work

Characters of the bush

Fire of '39

Rebuilding

Stewart Hood

Mavis

Plenty of work

Making camp

Euphemia

People talk

Seasons

Moving out

Confrontation

Taken

Found

Forest

Proposition

Toora

Farming

Horses

Mount Fatigue

Return

Home

Brothers

Boomerang

A notorious place

Police

School

The mill

Health and welfare

Spiritual matters

Harry

WC The Track

Change of policy

Forced out

Dispersal

Losing heart

Epilogue: Grief

Afterword

The historical context
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About Daryl Tonkin

Daryl Tonkin was born in Essendon in 1918. From the age of thirteen, Daryl and his older brother Harry worked as stockmen and horse breakers, before settling in the great forests of West Gippsland where they established a timber business. Except for a short stint in Toora, Daryl lived and worked at the original property at Jackson's Track until his death in 2008.

Carolyn Landon is an oral historian, and has a Masters degree in biography and life writing from Monash University. She is co-author of Cups with No Handles (2008) with Bette, Gina and Les Boyanton, and co-author with Eileen Harrison of the memoir Black Swan (2011). Her book Jackson's Track Revisited (2006) tells the story behind the original memoir.
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