Kings in Grass Castles

Kings in Grass CastlesWhen Patrick Durack Left Ireland For Australia In , He Was To Found A Dynasty Of Pioneers, And Build An Empire Of Cattle Land Across The Great Stretches Of Australia His Grand Daughter, Mary Durack, With A Profound Sense Of Family History, Has Rebuilt The Saga Of The Duracks, A Saga That Is The Story Of Australia Itself, Huge, Pioneering, And Tremendous In Concept

Dame Mary Durack was an Australian author and historian The Durack family were pioneers in the settlement of Australia by Europeans The story of her family s history, beginning with the mid 19th century migration from Ireland, is presented by Durack in Kings in Grass Castles, and its sequel, Sons in the Saddle.Durack married the aviator, Captain Horrie C Miller, and had two sons and four daught

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  • Audio
  • Kings in Grass Castles
  • Mary Durack
  • English
  • 23 July 2019
  • 9781742851945

10 thoughts on “Kings in Grass Castles

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I have read a lot of books on Australia, but this one will always stick with me Mary is the granddaughter of Patrick Durack, and she has written an interesting, in depth chronicle of the Durack family history Patrick left Ireland due to the potato famine in 1853, and over the years, with MUCH hard work built a life, for himself, and heaps of relatives he helped get to Australia.It was intriguing to read of the differences between Patrick s generation, and his sons Like Patrick, I tend to feel that the sons have lost something vital along the way.Also, interesting to realise, yet again, how soft modern folks are compared to the folks who settled Australia or any other land, for that matter The things they endured just amazing.5 Stars It made a significant impact on my heart, and or mind It moved me I won t forget it.

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    When Patrick Durack left Western Ireland for Australia in 1853, he was to found a pioneering dynasty and build a cattle empire across the great stretches of Australia With a profound sense of family history, his grand daughter, Mary Durack reconstructed the Durack saga a story of intrepid men and ground breaking adventure This sweeping tale of Australia and Australians remains a classic nearly fifty years on

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    You have to be ready to read this book its very detailed and can be a bit slow in places, but, the wealth of knowledge it contains about early white settlement in Australia is outstanding So is the follow up Sons in the SaddleBoth books have to be read in the context of their time and the social, geographical and political environments of the timeI ve just read it again and thoroughly enjoyed it This time however, I was in no rush as I already knew how it ended So, I got to read and savour the details and the humanity of the characters Excellent.

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    An Outback Family SagaThough Australia, like North America, came to its present form through immigration and pioneering settlement, its history contains major differences, perhaps partly because everything happened much later, and partly because it was so far away from the mother countries Whatever the case, Australia s pioneering stories are not nearly as well known in the wider world as are those of the USA American mythology dwells long and lovingly on those pioneer journeys, the struggles with nature and the Indians, and the toughness of those who began to farm or ranch the new lands Australia no doubt has its own mythology, but not a powerful media industry to spread it around the world KINGS IN GRASS CASTLES is an exceptionally good family history that gives the authentic flavor of what it was like to explore and settle vast swathes of that vast part of the southern continent known as the Outback If anyone wishes to acquire matter of fact knowledge about the period, they could do far worse than to read Mary Durack s family story, created from letters, diaries, from interviews and reminiscences years later, and from various documents found among her relatives She made an effort to present the whole thing, warts and all, minus mythology.Covering the period 1849 1898, Durack starts with the immigration of her paternal grandfather from Irish poverty to Sydney s sunny shores The book covers not only him, but many of his siblings and cousins, tracing their move to Goulburn, New South Wales, episodic ventures on the Victorian goldfields, and then a great migration with herds and all, up into the dry, flat country of western Queensland, at that time still inhabited by groups of Aborigines who had been there for untold thousands of years The family story is, on one hand, the story of struggles to build vast land empires of watered pasture in a country most prone to drought and sudden flood, to make a home where no European had ever lived before On the other, it is an amazing tale of constant movement men on horseback driving cattle for thousands of miles, riding three hundred miles across country for the most trivial of reasons, going to the coast or Goulburn, coming back, sailing around to Perth, incessant motion for half a century Australia, than North America, was and is a land of boom and bust With rain, cattle and sheep multiplied and brought great riches to the Durack family With drought or with financial collapse in the over extended property markets of the cities, they could, and ultimately did, lose everything, their grass castles swept away by the winds of fate Undeterred, the Durack clan made an epic cross continent march of close to 2,000 miles with a large herd of cattle, winding up in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, where they proceeded to establish yet another castle built of grass There, if drought was not such a big problem, ticks, labor shortage, diseases, distant markets, and Aborigines who resented intruders proved difficult If family fortunes rose and fell, we at least get a marvelous picture of what pioneers went through in Australian history, almost still within living memory.KINGS IN GRASS CASTLES provides an absorbing read, provokes admiration of the guts of these people, sorrow for the fate of the Aborigines, brushed aside and often murdered , and disappointment that no one now will ever see that magnificent, untouched land again The only flaw is that, as a family history, Durack perhaps put in too much detail for the outsider, recording the to s and fro s of various relatives, confusing the reader with an amazing number of characters named Mary, Michael or Patrick Her writing style might be a little clunky, but believe me, you will never get such a true, from the horse s mouth picture anywhere else An Australian classic.

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    Yes It absolutely has to be a classic A forever tale of Australia Because it is based in hstorical fact Enamouring, enthralling I read this when I hadn t long been in Australia. It may have been in the cards but not yet certain, that I would stay.The descriptions of characters, the land, the genuine trails opened and used The Droving lifestyle in evidence even today is all genuine material.Another such is the story of Heartbreak Corner by Fleur Lehane, building upon the life of another Durack The Corner is an actual geographical location where South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory meet just West of NSW and East of Western Australia Many of the cattle trails began and finished there.The lives, the fortunes, the genuine lifestyles undertaken and some of the genuine battles with land, the indigenous population and the spread of livestock including the need for enduring horses of Arabian descent are all described The Cameleers Afghans and so much else which is later picked up in similar books by novelists Courtenay and Morrissey Judy Nunn and McCullough.Wonderful writing with the ability to transport the reader into the times and understandings.

  6. says:

    This book is a fascinating insight into the lives of the pioneering white settlers in colonial Australia It tells of the hardships, the extraordinary droving trips, the conflicts between white and black and the day to day lives of the settlers It is incredibly well researched However, there is too much detail, it often becomes a repeat of diary or copy of record than a story and that causes the book to bog down in detail, making it very difficult to read By the last third of the book I was swamped and just wanted it to finish I skim read the end If you take this book as a family history written for that family s eyes, then it is understandable that all the detail be included, but as a story for the general public it is overwhelmed by too much detail, too many characters And the pace is variable at best, tedious at worst.

  7. says:

    I m torn on how to describe this book It was obviously thoroughly researched and describes the lives of squatter families in unique detail But this fact also means the story moves at a sluggish pace As I listened to it on audio I just tunes out for some of the unnecessary detail and just took in the broad strokes which I enjoyed I don t think I would have finished it if I was reading the hard copy.

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    A bit of a slog but I had no choice as it was on the high school English reading list Not a ringing endorsement, I know but elements of this epic have stayed with me for the 4 decades since I read it I initially thought the said Kings were the dispossessed indigenous but since the book is an almost daily account of the Durack family who still run a business empire here I guess my 16 year old self was wrong.

  9. says:

    I finished it but it was a hard slog.Yes it is a classic of Australian literature but it was very dry and had too much detail e.g How much inventory was purchased by each item By the time I got to the great tick disagreement I just wanted the book to end I would say it is a 2 star for enjoyment but it gets an extra star for being so well researched.

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