Farm­ing odyssey a les­son

Narrogin Observer - - News - Shan­non Smith

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.

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