Hauling the Loads: A History of Australia's Working Horses and Bullocks

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Melbourne University Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Animal-powered engines - 222 pages
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The bullocky, cursing at his team; twenty or more horses harnessed to a towering load of wool bales or wheat bags, inching their way along a dusty track: these are central, enduring images of Australia's past, immortalized by Lawson, Paterson and Furphy. Malcolm Kennedy is the first, however, to explore the essential part that beast of burden actually played in Australia's development. From the arrival of the first horses and cattle with the First Fleet, Kennedy gives a remarkable picture of Australian life. He reveals how the horse was the secret weapon used against the Aborigines. He describes the growth of that uniquely Australian livelihood -- droving. He even investigates the pollution problems of horse-powered cities: what do do you do with over 200 tons of manure every day? With exemplary and painstaking research, Malcolm Kennedy has produced a record of part of our history that is now lost.

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Contents

Introduction
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A Good Stock of Cattle
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The Power of the Teams
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Copyright

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