The Woolgrower’s Companion is set in New South Wales during 1945. Twenty-three-year-old Kate lives on her father’s homestead where they farm sheep and cattle. The book opens with them waiting at the train station for two Italian prisoners of war. They will be much needed cheap labour.
Kate’s own father fought in the first world war. His reward was his grazier’s plot of land. But times have been hard; Kate’s mother died. Whilst years of drought caused debts to build. On top of this Kate fears that her father is becoming forgetful and his behaviour is sometimes erratic.
The storyline follows the day-to-day hardships of an Australian homestead. This includes the social restrictions of the times and harsh treatment of both women and native Aboriginal people. At the heart of the book is one women’s journey from daughter to manager of a…
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