Geoff Allen has been around. As a ringer in the 50s and 60s, it was his job to tame wild horses and drove massive herds of cattle throughout the outback country. His tale is full of humour, hard work, mateship, death, and gives an insight into a nearly-forgotten time.
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Music by Louis Edward Thorne (EMI Production Music – “The Swamp Sessions”), Nicolaj Sune Block (EMI Production Music – “Cinematic Deep South”), and Blue Dot Sessions (“Cast in Wicker”)
Thanks to Dave Goldie, Pat, Donna, Bjorn, Ai Leen, Taib, Sandra, Kevin, Emma, and the Human/Ordinary team.
Here are links to Geoff’s books:
Bull Catchers & Wild Riding Ringers
Outlaws of the Kimberley Underworld
The Gun Ringer
Ballads of the Kimberley & Other Wild Places
There’s a lot of background and further information to Geoff’s story. It makes for some fascinating and, at times, difficult reading. Check out the links below.
The untold story behind the 1966 Wave Hill walk-off (The Conversation)
An historic handful of dirt: Whitlam and the legacy of the Wave Hill walk-off (The Conversation)
Unearthing the forgotten legacy of Aboriginal stockwomen (ABC)
Yijarni: true stories from Gurindji country
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route