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The Rainbow Beach Man: The Life and Times of Les Ridgeway - Worimi Elder

John Ramsland

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ISBN 10: 1921221925 / ISBN 13: 9781921221927
Published by Brolga Publishing, 2014
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Title: The Rainbow Beach Man: The Life and Times of...

Publisher: Brolga Publishing

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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The Rainbow Beach Man is the fascinating story of Les Ridegeway, Worimi Elder, and his struggle against adversity and racial discrimination. The eldest of a family of eight, he grew up in straightened circumstances on Reserves, leaving the Aboriginal School at fourteen and becoming a farm labourer. In 1961 his life changed direction when he became Assistant Manager of the remote Murrin Bridge Aboriginal Station. From there he gained other positions as managers on stations and travelled by car and caravan all over New South Wales. His career highlight came when he was recruited by Charles Perkins as a significant part of the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs. This is his fascinating life story of tragedies and triumphs.

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John Ramsland OAM is Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle NSW and a well- regarded historian. He is an author of several books and many articles. Children of the Backlanes, Custodians of the Soil (now translated into French), and Remembering Aboriginal Heroes (co- authored) are considered classics in their field. Brave & Bold won a prestigious NSW Writer's Centre award. His most recent books are The Rainbow Beach Man (2009) and Cook's Hill Life Saving & Surf Club (2011).

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