Pioneer life laid bare in book
PIONEER tales of the Burnett have been documented in a new book by Gayndah author Jill Slack.
A World Away: Ashton/Sylvester Family in the Burnett 1892-1956, was launched in Rockhampton last month and tracks the life of the pioneering forebears of her mother, Elsie Storey.
The 152-page book also delves into the official and anecdotal history of the districts they settled, including Degilbo, Biggenden, Coalstoun Lakes, Binjour, Selene, Mulgildie and Monto.
“The stories tell of the big families, world wars, early schooldays, social life, swagmen and POWs,” Mrs Slack said. “(It tells of) scratching a living from virgin land, of slab homes and making do, of daily routines, big picnics at the river, bush dances and music-makers, of local legends, home remedies and hawkers’ visits.”
The book is a follow-up to Mrs Slack’s 2009 publication, which tracked the history of her father’s family, the Barnes-Storey Clan.
A World Away can be found in North Burnett libraries, the Biggenden Historical Society, or by phoning the author on 4161 1670.
A WORLD AWAY: Local author Jill Slack with her new book.