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Tough country : tall tales of bushmen, bulldozers and back-country blokes

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  • Description

    "'It was the mid-1970s and I was about eight, I thought it was completely normal for your old man to pull out a high-powered deer-hunting rifle and fire it through the kitchen door from the breakfast table...' In the 1970s and 80s, Barry Bellamy was a fair old bushman, traversing the back-country from Hawke's Bay to the far north in a blue ex-airforce Land Rover. His son Mike would join him as he took up work, wherever he could get it.

    Tough Country is Mike's story, about a bygone era of bushmen, scrub-cutters, hunters and shepherds. Later, Mike forged his own life working on the land, and his stories of the characters of the 1980s and 90s, from tradies to digger-drivers, are as hilarious as they are quintessentially Kiwi."--Publisher's website

  • Place
  • Other Id

    HT421 BEL (Library of Congress Call Number)

    91979 (Cat ID)

    91782 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Tough country : tall tales of bushmen, bulldozers and back-country blokes
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    248 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of colour illustrations ; 24 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Early days with my dad -- Tarawera -- Capers up the Cape -- Something on my chips -- Wharerata whare -- Gelly for breakfast -- Radiant living in Havelock North -- The circus comes to Maraekakaho -- A job that pays -- Puke, polish and popstars -- Lost in the yards -- Motutapu mud and city lights -- Surf, sand and wharfies -- Cashies and cook-ups -- The social club -- Subdivision shenanigans -- Contamination, flatulence and damnation -- Not very poplar -- In the line of fire -- Splashing the cash in Greenlane -- End of an era -- Power games -- Last visit -- postscript -- acknowledgments.
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Bellamy, Mike; Agricultural labourers--New Zealand--Biography]

  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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