Jack Best - The Sheep of Erromanga - Saturday 16th September

To be launched by Clyde Thomson AM GM

In 1932 Philip Morey, a 23 year old newly-minted university graduate, took a job on a sheep station on the remote South Pacific Island of Erromanga, a southern island in the then New Hebrides north of Tanna. As much to escape the Depression as to make a mark working out what he wanted to do with his life, he found himself working on a sheep station on a tropical island – with a horse, a couple of dogs and communication by the six-weekly S.S. Makambo.

Death, injury, self discovery on an island where cannibalism had been so recently rife.

Based on a diary and letters to the girl he left behind in Australia, Philip’s two years as a jackeroo makes fascinating reading. Philip was a regular correspondent, with Hazel – the girl he left behind in Sydney. Hazel’s letters to Philip were never kept – but unlike any other story of a young man finding himself, this narrative is framed by Phillip’s diary and letters to Hazel that she could never bring herself to destroy.

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Profits from the book will be given to the Malawi Albino Support Project.


Date and time: Saturday 16th September, 3.30pm for 4pm

Please RSVP here or phone 02 9660 2333

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