Mailman of the Birdsville Track

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Hachette UK, Nov 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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The Birdsville Track is one of the best known - and loneliest - tracks in Australia, and for twenty years Tom Kruse was the mailman, battling the searing heat, floods and mechanical breakdowns. He made the run every fortnight and was a lifeline to the isolated settlements and stations along the way, delivering everything from letters to essential supplies. The Track is still just that, a track through the desert and sandhills. Tom began in the days before reliable vehicles, good communications and air access in case of emergency. He made running repairs to his truck, he loaded and unloaded tons of stores to ferry his cargo across flooded creeks. He kept people in touch with the outside world, and was sometimes caught up in the grief of a lonely death. Tom Kruse always got the mail through – come drought, hell or high water. This is a classic story of the Australian outback and a unique man, and captures part of Australian history that is fast vanishing.

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Review: Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

User Review  - Garry Griffin - Goodreads

In the May school holidays in 1975 I went with some friends on an XL250 Honda trailbike up the Birdsville Track. A few years before (1971) I had gone as part of an expedition across the Simpson Desert ... Read full review

Review: Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

User Review  - Goldenwattle - Goodreads

An interesting read, bringing to life the Birdsville Track and surrounds. Tom Kruse was a very capable 'bushy'. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

An immunologist by training, Kristin Weidenbach has won several international awards for her non-fiction articles as well as being awarded honours in her scientific field. MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK is her first book.

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