Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The story of Tom Kruse

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Hachette Australia, Dec 23, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The truly classic Australian story of Tom Kruse - legendary mailman of the Birdsville Track.

For the people who lived in the desert between Marree and Birdsville, contact with the outside world was hard and sporadic - but one man was their lifeline: Tom Kruse. For more than twenty years he was the connection with the outside world for the families, station workers and others who lived along the Birdsville Track.

Tom delivered everything from the mail and newspapers to fuel and food - whole communities waited in anticipation for him to drop off their supplies. But it was a hard life, from regularly making running repairs to his truck to unloading and reloading tons of stores so that he could ferry his cargo across flooded creeks. Come sandhills, hell or high water, Tom Kruse kept faith with the locals up and down the Track.

Tom was a real Australian hero - and no matter what happened, the mail always got through.

'Told with honesty and vigour' - Sydney Morning Herald

'A tribute to a man who earned the love of a whole generation of Australians and shows us that the pioneer characteristics of guts and good-natured stoicism are still beautiful' - The Age

'Full of characters' - Daily Telegraph

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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

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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 (2014)

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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