Unique Publication Release…
Screamer Media is proud to release this major art/narrative book – Harry Readford's Outback with Maleny based artist and author John Morrison. This initial art book introduces the history of Readford (also written as Redford) – a man whom the author argues had extraordinary influence on the Australian ethos. But today Harry Readford is predominantly remembered as the fictional character ‘Captain Starlight’ and as stockman who perpetrated the most audacious and imaginative cattle theft of 1200 head of cattle from Longreach in Central Queensland and droving them nearly 2000 kilometres via the Strzlecki Desert to South Australia in 1870.
The Harry Readford cattle drive commemorates that feat annually, but Mr Morrison's book goes behind the legend to explore how Readford's bush craft – in part learnt from indigenous Australians – ability to speak certain aboriginal dialects, horsemanship, resourcefulness and traditions of mateship laid the foundation for the "hardy, good humoured Aussie" character that would emerge and resound from federation and post-Gallipoli.
This limited edition high quality art book is likely to be followed by an educational touring book and maybe a novel.
Harry Readford's Outback
Paintings from the art featured in Harry Readford's Outback are available as limited edition prints on canvas.
A catalogue of the prints and an order form can be downloaded as PDFs.
Click each file name to view and download:
John at work in his 'office'.
|John Morrison's paintings capture the spirit of the Outback.|