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Gasteen, Jim

Jim Gasteen was born in Brisbane in 1922. He has worked as an engineer, grazier and farmer in Queensland and New South Wales; the land has been his life. Jim is a member of various conservation organisations and has been widely published on environmental issues. He was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for Nature Conservation and as Advocate of Balanced Land Use Management in 1993.
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Under The Mulga: A Bush Memoir

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An authentic and entertaining first-hand account of life in the Australian bush from the 1920s to the 1950s. Under the Mulga follows Jim Gasteen’s childhood adventures, marriage and his life-long love affair with the land, which saw him eventually become an unlikely champion of land management. With a knack for storytelling, Jim Gasteen recounts classic tales of outback life – the bullockies, governesses and swaggies; the shearing, horse-breaking and fencing. His reminiscences tell of colourful characters, an unforgiving landscape, and a sense of community and camaraderie that makes Australian bush life unique. Full of wisdom, warmth and humour, Under the Mulga vividly brings to life this all-but-forgotten era in our pastoral history.