The Sheep of Erromanga

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In 1932 Philip Morey, a 23 year old newly-minted university graduate, took a job on a sheep station on the remote South Pacific Island of Erromanga, a southern island in the then New Hebrides, north of Tanna. As much to escape the Depression as to make a mark working out what he wanted to do with his life, he found himself working on this tropical island where communication with the outside world was via the six-weekly visits of S.S. Makambo.  

Death of his fellow worker, severely injured himself, a boss with whom he frequently clashed; all this on the road to self-discovery on this island where reminders of cannibalism and "blackbirding" so rife in the 19th century remained. This was an island where a flock of 4000 sheep had been nurtured by the Boss - a tropical island with merino sheep!

Based on his diary and letters to the young woman he left behind in Australia, Philip's two years as a jackaroo makes fascinating reading. Philip was a regular correspondent, with Hazel Roseby in Sydney. Hazel's letters to Philip were never kept - but unlike any other story of a young man finding himself, this narrative is framed by Phillip's diary and letters to Hazel that she could never bring herself destroy.

Author:

Dr Jack Best AO (TC1958), Bill Cowan Alumnus of the Year Award winner 2014.

Jack is a medical researcher of international reputation in the field of reproductive biology, the biotechnology industry and  bioethics. He was instrumental in the establishment of the national network of rural clinical schools and the Rural Health Stocktake, undertaken in 1999 for the Commonwealth Government which had a significant impact on rural health policy development. 

 

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