A Son Of The Red Centre

$29.99

A soft cover book, by Kurt G. Johannsen. Memoirs and Anecdotes of the life of a road train pioneer and bush inventor of the Northern territory of Australia.

Kurt Gerhardt Johannsen, born and bred in ‘The Red Centre’, is a quiet, modest man with a knack for improvising, fixing things and inventing solutions to the many problems he has encountered in his working life during the infancy of road transport, as well as in his mining and other adventures.

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In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s quite ‘ordinary’, humble, hard-working men and women set off into the unknown in the Northern Territory and lived remarkable, extraordinary, courageous lives. We are often astounded at what they endured and did when we look back over the past few decades of their achievements and heartbreaks in that beautiful, wild and often harsh and uncompromising land.

Kurt Gerhardt Johannsen, born and bred in ‘The Red Centre’, is a quiet, modest man with a knack for improvising, fixing things and inventing solutions to the many problems he has encountered in his working life during the infancy of road transport, as well as in his mining and other adventures. He is numbered among BP’s ‘Quiet Achievers’ 1988, and his name can be found in one of the plaques placed along the Esplanade in Darwin, Northern Territory.

These memoirs, first recounted onto audio tapes by Kurt in 1987, following heart surgery in December, 1986, tell many of his adventures, mishaps and achievements and reveal some of his fortitude, integrity, humour and intelligence. He is a visionary with ideas that were often ahead of his time. He is also what modern psychologists call a ‘lateral thinker’, who, without benefit of much formal education, has acquitted himself well in the classroom of Life as a mechanic, engineer, inventor, miner, builder, bushman and ‘Jack-of-all-trades’. It has been my privilege to assist Kurt in compiling these memories of his action-filled life.

This is part of the forward to this book by DAPHNE PALMER, B.A., B.Ed. 1992

This book is an enjoyable read and we have sold this for many years in our business.