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Raparapa: Stories from the Fitzroy River Drovers

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The determination of senior Nyikina lawman, John Watson, to present an Aboriginal perspective has produced personal stories that show how these hard-working men adapted to station life and why they became the backbone of the pastoral industry in northern Western Australia. Mustering and droving in open country for several months a year, the stockmen freely travelled through their traditional country and were able to maintain law and culture and land management practices.

John Watson

John Watson was born and raised on Mt Anderson Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Chairman of the Kimberley Land Council in the mid-eighties, he played a leading role in Aboriginal administration and is widely respected among the...

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Paul Marshall

Non-Indigenous collaborator and editor Paul Marshall, is a conservationist originally hailing from Ipswich, Queensland. For two years, he travelled through Japan, Europe and Britain with the World Bike Ride for Peace promoting the film 'On Sacred Ground', campaigning for Australian...

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The Authors of Raparapa
Raparapa: Stories from the Fitzroy River Drovers contains the stories of 9 drovers:
Eric Lawford, Jock Shandley, Jimmy Bird, Ivan Watson, Peter Clancy, John Watson, Lochy Green, Harry Watson and Barney Barnes.

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