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Kidman: The Forgotten King

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 542 pages
Author: J. Bowen
Year: 2007
Other Data: b&w photos, map, chart, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9780732286101

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Product Code: AND190

As a barley literate youth of thirteen, Sidney Kidman ran away from home and worked as an odd-job boy in a grog shanty in outback Australia. He went on to become the greatest pastoral landholder in modern history, acquiring a legendary reputation both at home and abroad as the Cattle King.

As biographer Jill Bowen shows, Kidman was much more than a grazier. In addition to his many successful business ventures and his contributions to the war effort, he was driven by a grand plan for the remote, arid areas of Australia. This kept him locked in a battle with the land--and against drought.

Wealth, power, fame and honour did not change Sidney Kidman. He remained to homespun, gregarious bushman for whom men worked with an almost savage loyalty. Greatly admired, he also had many enemies and in his later years was dogged buy controversies and untruths. This book explores the fascinating Kidman facts and fictions, and gives a balanced, thoroughly entertaining account of this larger-than-life Australian and his exceptional achievements.

The Kidman Family Tree
Map of the Kidman Stations
Prologue: A Wild Birthday Party
Chapter 1: From White house to Log Cabin
Chapter 2: Off to a Runaway Start
Chapter 3: Benefits of Getting the Sack
Chapter 4: Isabel
Chapter 5: The Greatest Deal
Chapter 6: The Long Paddock Years
Chapter 7: The 'Chain-of-Supply' Strategy
Chapter 8: Depression and Acquisition
Chapter 9: A Backhander from Drought
Chapter 10: A Non-stop Buying Spree
Chapter 11: 'Knock 'em Down'
Chapter 12: Friend of the Omnibus Man
Chapter 13: A Close Shave
Chapter 14: An Injection of New Blood
Chapter 15: The Great War
Chapter 16: Battles at Home
Chapter 17: New Ventures
Chapter 18: Trouble in the Bush
Chapter 19: Walter's Difficult Apprenticeship
Chapter 20: A Retirement of Sorts
Chapter 21: Touring the Outback
Chapter 22: More Tough Times
Chapter 23: The Final Muster
Chapter 24: The Controversies
Chapter 25: The Kidman Achievement

An addictive read, embracing the romance of the bush and the hardship of the outback. - Sunday Times

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kidman the forgotten king November 19, 2013
Reviewer: Neal Tolley from llandilo  
I have read this book several times and found it to be an excellent read. It captures the true spirit of the early Australian pastoralist, explorer and developer of the Australian cattle industry. I have been fortunate to have worked for the kidman company and have spoken with some who had relatives who worked for sir sid when he was alive. My grandfather worked for Sir Sid before the 1st ww. The author has put in a lot of time in researching the topic and set it out in an easily readable format.

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