CQ industry stalwart launches book
AFTER many years of hard work, Sir Graham McCamley has released his book Roads in the Sky – a reflection on his life in the cattle industry.
Sir Graham had thought and spoken about writing the publication for many years, but on July 15, 2015, he started writing.
For three and a half years Sir Graham, his family, friends and staff member Anna Keehn wrote, gathered photos, and scanned diaries and newspaper clippings to go into the book. Victorian couple Jenny Mountstephen and her late husband Nick were enlisted to help bring the contents of the publication together and add in interviews with Sir Graham himself.
An extract of the biography from Page 75 talks about the day Sir Graham purchased the famous Tartarus stud.
“In 1954, at the age of 21, Graham took his next significant step. With his father, he inspected a property called Tartarus, two hours from Rockhampton. It was an 18,000-hectare block of scrub and brigalow, with 1500 head of cattle. And a river. The scrub land on Tartarus needed developing, Graham could see.
The block had first been surveyed almost 100 years earlier by explorer Henry Horst Brown, who followed hard upon the Archers (of central Queensland exploring fame) in 1854.
The property had three more owners between 1859 and 1954. It was purchased by Jarvis Collins in 1927 from the Public Curators’ Office for just £51, a bargain due to the infestation of prickly pear.
Two days after Graham inspected the property, the then owners, the Logan brothers, accepted an offer of £28,000.
‘I bought the property because I loved the river, the Isaac, and it adjoined Dad’s property Kaiuroo,’ said Graham, who borrowed money to buy the land.
‘I paid £28,000 for the land and some cattle, financed by an overdraft at the Bank of New South Wales, which Dad guaranteed.’
Graham said that his father told him that the best way to train a young man and get some sense into him was to give him a big overdraft and an even bigger patch of brigalow suckers. So far, he was on track.
They carried out a bang-tail muster prior to settlement and took delivery of a total of 2085 head, including 937 horned hereford breeders.”
The first copy of the book, framed and signed by Sir Graham himself, was auctioned off and sold for $8000 to Karla McPhail.
Roads in the Sky ,is available at the G.E. McCamley Group office at 87 Bolsover St, Rockhampton.
❝ I bought the property because I loved the river, the Isaac and it adjoined Dad’s property Kaiuroo. — Sir Graham McCamley
BOOK LAUNCH: John Millroy, Lloyd Way and Sir Graham McCamley with the first edition of Roads in the Sky.