My Adopted Country: Australia

My Adopted Country: Australia

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The book begins with a chapter on homeland memories, followed by the authora€™s and his wifea€™s first experiences in Australia in 1954. For the first decade they moved from place to place, finally settling down in Canberra. These adventures are expressed in chapters on Tasmania, Darwin, a 15month stay in Canberra, Grafton, and finally Canberra again. The family, now with five daughters, settled in the National Capital where Mr Feeken became permanently employed as a draftsman and cartographer with the Bureau of Mineral Resources (now Geoscience Australia). Being interested in Australian Exploration, the family travelled year after year, checking out explorersa€™ discoveries, culminating in the publication of The Discovery and Exploration of Australia in 1970. Afterwards, the family still travelled, year after year, the vast expanses of the Australian Continent, often checking out explorersa€™ routes. After the untimely death of Mrs Feeken in 2005, the author was encouraged by friends to write up this story. The fascination for travelling the outback continued into the next generation. In 2007, Mr Feeken travelled with his granddaughter Kiah around Australia and to the centre, covering nearly 30 000 km in 6 months.On July 7 I left, by myself, with a Landcruiser and drove to Alice Springs, where I settled into a lodge. ... a night at the a#39;Kulgera Roadhousea#39; and had dinner there, but mostly we slept in the bush among the dunes, rocks, and scrubby bushes. With the aid of aerial photographs Alastair mapped the 1: 100 000 quadrangle a#39; Umbearaa#39;, named after a homestead there. ... Sometimes we had to use the winch.

Title:My Adopted Country: Australia
Author:Erwin Feeken
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2015-02-20


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