Farming odyssey a lesson
The agriculture industry has played a valuable role in Australia’s past and will in the future.
The challenges of the industry, including relentlessly variable climate, bushfires and climate change, and the story of how they are overcome, has been documented in author and farming stalwart Alex Campbell’s book.
Of Sheep and Other Things is a farming odyssey of the Campbell family in Australia and a story many West Australians will recognise.
On retiring from farming in 2013, Campbell said he realised it also marked 170 years of his family’s time in agriculture.
“I thought it should all be put down on paper before too much information was lost in the mists of time,” he said.
“Part of the first year of the three years it took to write the book was spent in tracking down distant relations, which proved helpful and quite fun.
“Then, while writing, I either phoned or had coffee with other people to double-check my memory of more recent events.”
Campbell said the book was mainly a memory check and a reflection of earlier times.
“Also, a reminder that hard work and persistence really does prevail,” he said.
Of Sheep and Other Things is available at Paperbark and Dymocks in Albany, and at the Kojonup Visitor Centre and the Williams Woolshed, as well as various outlets around Perth.
Of Sheep and Other Things examines the role of agriculture in Australia.