Kings in Grass Castles



When Patrick Durack Left Ireland For Australia In 1853, 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.Kings in Grass Castles

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
  • 02 September 2017
  • 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...

  2. says:

    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...

  3. says:

    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 i...

  4. says:

    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...

  5. says:

    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 Ar...

  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 ...

  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...

  8. says:

    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...

  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 dis...

  10. says:

    Excellent.

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