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Australia on Horseback

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Australian on Horseback. The story of the horse and the making of a nation.


Cameron Forbes, author of the acclaimed Hellfire and The Korean War, uses the motif of the horse to tell the wider Australian story of settlement, exploration, dispossession and warfare.


The first horse set foot in Australia on 30 January 1788, one of seven aboard the First Fleet's Lady Penrhyn, which also carried a cargo of female convicts. The horses were breeding stock, not work horses, and in the early, struggling days, the people of the colony of NSW went on foot; settlers, soldiers, explorers - even bush rangers....