Working Country

Books and gifts exploring stories of Aboriginal stockmen and stockwomen, the role of Aboriginal trade routes in establishing Queensland’s pastoral industry, the experiences of working on cattle stations, Aboriginal-run rodeos, and the fight for equal pay and land rights.

In a time of upheaval and devastation to land and family life from the colonial invasion, working Country was a means of survival. 

With their connection, knowledge and understanding of this land, Aboriginal people played an integral part in establishing Queensland’s pastoral industry. 

The oppressive practices of indentured servitude, theft and rationing of wages was common practice, resulting in Aboriginal people working in extremely harsh conditions for little or no pay. Despite these tough working conditions, Aboriginal people often sought out this type of work in return for safety, protection and to remain connected to Country.


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