Brigalow to Bulldust – Jerry O’Sullivan

Brigalow to Bulldust – Jerry O’Sullivan

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Brigalow to Bulldust is Jerry O’Sullivan’s first book and is a cracking story of country life in rural and regional Queensland, from the early 1900’s to the present.

The book is an important historical work as it recounts in great detail what family life was like growing up on a remote sheep property in South Western Queensland in the 1940’s and 50’s. Jerry covers his time at ‘Churchie’ boarding school in Brisbane, working on the farm and playing country sport. Jerry recounts his time and stories from working as a Stock and Station Agent working for Mactaggarts / Primac across the late ’60’s, 1970’s and 1980’s mostly in the North and South Burnett districts of Queensland. He then moves onto his second career with Hyland Seeds based in Toowoomba.

Book details

First Published 2020
Printer : Cracker Print and Paper PTY LTD
Language : English
Paperback : 227 pages
ISBN: 978-0-6488145-0-4
Dimensions : 16.5 x 1.70 x 23.80 cm

Price: $25 + $10 postage for up to 2 books. (NB. The shipping will be more than $10 for orders greater than 2 books. If you do order more than 2 books, Jerry will let you know what the postage cost will once the order is received he will let you know the exact postage amount for your payment.)

(A percentage of all sales of the book will be donated equally between Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia and Ovarian Cancer Research Australia.)



Praise for Brigalow to Bulldust

“Country towns have changed forever and it si vital to record the way in which communities and business thrived in that era. Brigalow to Bulldust is a record for future generations to read and understand what life was like in country Queensland and what an integral part of that life was their had working and highly respected patriarch. “

John Handley

“This book, Brigalow to Bulldust is a lot of things … a great personal story of challenge and change, which the author managed so well and also great information for cattlemen, grain-growers and for people interested in the highs and lows of agriculture (ie. academics)”

Angela Blomfield

Foreword by the late Garth B Hughes:

“On leaving school, I was fortunate to join the respected pastoral house, The Australian Estates Co Ltd, where, like many others, I commenced employment in the Dispatch Department. Little did I know it was the beginning of an entirely wonderful, exhilarating and rewarding career as a Stock and Station Agent spanning some 55 years. During that time, travelling across, the length and breadth of Australia, I met and engaged with not only a diverse and interesting group of clients but also, and perhaps more so, I enjoyed the company and camaraderie of many wonderful and colourful workmates. None better that Jerry O’Sullivan.

Although my career took me to several other pastoral companies through amalgamation, I well remember, with great pleasure, when Jerry joined the stock and Station Agency fray and it was whilst we were working with the ground breaking Mactaggarts that I was fortunate to meet and work regularly with him. I know that Jerry will well recall the great boss, influence and mentor that we all had in Douglas Mactaggart, along with other great work mates and iconic agents of the day including the likes of Jim Heading, John Dean, Stan Cook, Cedric Sallows, Jim Connolly and many more.

Having the benefit of a country background, sound country values, a great knowledge of his product and the innate ability for communication and fraternization with all, Jerry is a standout in an industry built on character and trust with a story many of our time and life experience can relate to and enjoy.

A great chap, Jerry, and I am pleased to have spent very happy, memorabele and successful times with him.”

1 review for Brigalow to Bulldust – Jerry O’Sullivan

  1. Steve Truman

    First of all Brigalow to Bulldust is a well-written and enjoyable book. I bought a copy for myself and sent the second to my Guru mate Scott Lusby at Blackall for his birthday. We both did the same thing – started it and then could not put it down. Scott finished it in 1 day, I took 2 days.

    Talking about the book after we both got different things from the Book. One of the highlights for me was the memories it brought back of my (and Jerry’s) old boss and legendary stock agent Jim Connolly (RIP).

    I highly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in rural life and the stock and station agency business in Southern Queensland from the 1900’s to current.

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