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Alice on the Line by Doris Blackwell & Douglas Lockwood.
The town that is Alice was a telegraph station when Doris Bradshaw Blackwell moved there as a young girl in 1899. Her father, Thomas Bradshaw, was the officer in charge of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station from 1899 to 1908. Doris has recaptured the atmosphere of those early days- only thirty years after the construction of the overland telegraph line and forty years after John McDougall Stuart first crossed the continent from south to north.
This book captures the atmosphere of those early days.” only thirty years after the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line and only forty years after John McDougall Stuart first crossed the continent from south to north.
This personal story of life in the outback at the turn of the nineteenth century is a book of great historical interest. More than that, it reflects a deep love for the country and its people.
A 1967 hardcover edition with burnt orange cloth cover and white lettering and orange title and silver motif on spine. The unclipped dust jacket has some rubbing to the edges as do the cloth boards but the text and black and white plates are clear and legible. There is some foxing to the book’s edges.
Published 1967 by Rigby, Adelaide.
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