Beyond The Bitumen


William Winter-Irving was brought up on the second largest pastoral property in Victoria as a 4th generation Aussie and this is but one of his books retelling his life and experiences.

First published in 1971 it's a book that is easy to loose yourself in; the descriptions are vivid, bringing both the surrounds and characters to life under the very eyes of the reader.

The author was a sharp observer during his lifetime of people, animals and the country in which he lived.
After being raised in rural Victoria and finishing his education at Melbourne Grammar, Melbourne and Cambridge Universities, Winter-Irving then travelled to Qld to work on the family properties, areas and a countryside he was not familiar with but soon learned to love very well, with his intense love of all wildlife evident throughout.

Far from being a dull repetition of day to day life as a jackaroo, this is an entertaining account of life in the first half of the 20th century in both rural Victoria and outback Qld, painting for the reader the wide ranging events, both locally small and nationally large that shaped and changed the working life of the almost-gone pastoral era.