A true story of an extraordinary time in Australian education, by .
Go North-West … But Not Around the Bend is a fondly written, rollicking tale of a unique way of Australian life that has only recently been lost to us all.
tells of his first posting out of Teacher’s College to a in Victoria’s fascinating Mallee Country.
It is a time and place of small, vibrant communities linked by a now long-lost train service and weekend travelling rituals of tennis, cricket and ‘footy’ – when that only meant one thing in rural Victoria: Aussie Rules.
Don’s rich descriptions of that time and how he managed to take charge of that single-teacher school – educating a rich pantheon of characters including today’s , – appeals to a wide audience.
Those who want to recall, or understand, the innovative rural lifestyles of the time will be richly rewarded, as will those from the teaching profession, sure to marvel at the adversities – and pranks – ‘Mr Roberts’ had to endure and overcome.
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