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The Man From Coolibah: The extraordinary outback life of a Northern Territory cattleman

James Knight, Milton Jones

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Australia, Biography: general, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

In the tradition of Mailman of the Birdsville Track, THE MAN FROM COOLIBAH details the life of outback cattle property owner, helicopter muster operator and knockabout bloke Milton Jones.

The youngest in a family of five, Milton Jones grew up on large properties in the outback. His father was a farm manager and so his early life was a world away from that of city kids. Milton left school in Queensland in his mid teens and moved back to the Northern Territory. Mustering was in his blood and so his first job was as a bullcatcher.

Milton Jones is a man of his environment; tough and hardworking with a firm opinion on most things that he isn t afraid to share. The story of how he bought Coolibah Station in 1988 in cash and the way he has built up his country empire is just one element of this book. For him, wrangling crocs, mustering cattle, fighting bush fires and riding rodeo are the norm. Over 500 km away from nearest city, Darwin, his life is lived on horseback, his days ruled by the sunlight. With the help of a seasonal workforce, plus his 42 choppers and a dozen or so horses, his business musters cattle from across the territory.

THE MAN FROM COOLIBAH shows us what it is like to live in the never never and brings the Outback to life. For the men and women who live in Milton s world, things are changing but the harshness and beauty of the outback stays the same.

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Bernie Shakeshaft is the founder and CEO of BackTrack Youth Works in Armidale, New South Wales. Living and working for many years in the Northern Territory, Bernie had a range of jobs before deciding to make his vision of working with disadvantaged young people a reality. Bernie and the team at BackTrack have helped over 1000 young people, and are now expanding to share their tools with other communities across New South Wales. Bernie was the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Churchill scholarship.


James Knight has worked in network television, on independent documentaries and is a bestselling author. He has writtern more than twelve non-fiction books, including the bestselling biography of outback legend Milton Jones, The Man from Coolibah, and the fascinating look at two of Australia's greatest storytellers, Henry and Banjo. He lives in Sydney.

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