Author(s): Daryl Tonkin
In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, Daryl Tonkin and his brother Harry head to the bush searching for work and adventure. The following year they set up a timber mill at Jackson's Track - a dreamtime place - in the rich temperate forests of south-eastern Victoria. An experienced bushman, the 'quiet type', Daryl works to clear the scrub; exploring the land and its ancient people, he unexpectedly falls in love. But Daryl is white and Euphie is black, and neither of them is prepared for the conflict their forbidden love ignites. This riveting memoir recaptures a community, place and way of life long vanished. It tells of one man's courage to pursue what he knows is right. An unforgettable true story of joy and tragedy, and of hope in the face of adversity.
From the age of thirteen, Daryl Tonkin and his older brother Harry worked as stockmen and horse breakers, before settling in the great forests of West Gippsland where they established a timber business. Except for a short stint in Toora, Daryl lived and worked at the original property at Jackson's Track until his death in 2008. Carolyn Landon is co-author of Cups with No Handles with Bette, Gina and Les Boyanton, and co-author with Eileen Harrison of the memoir Black Swan. Her book Jackson's Track Revisited tells the story behind the original memoir.