While Snowy and Simmo stretch out the painting of the publican's roof and wangle their ways into any bits of work they can find, Snowy tells tales of the notorious, inventive and lovable Chilla. Chilla's roguish scams and road nous soon endear him to us forever and, just here and there, we find ourselves brushing away a tear as well. Chilla's Apprentice is a collection of tales of vanishing Australia during the Great Depression. It's an Australia populated by wandering swagman on foot, exploring the length and breadth of the country, making camp whenever they can. It's a world of haradhsip, humour and resourcefulness, and a spirit which never-says-die.
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