The Back of Beyond

$25.00

John Heyer’s 1954 classic film following an outback mailman along the Birdsville Track.
The development of inland Australia largely depends on the men who keep open the supply lines and communications – the outback mailmen. In an area larger than Europe, beyond the last roads and railways, their tracks make the map of the inland, become the roads of tomorrow and mark the growth of the nation.

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John Heyer’s 1954 classic film following an outback mailman along the Birdsville Track.
The development of inland Australia largely depends on the men who keep open the supply lines and communications – the outback mailmen.

In an area larger than Europe, beyond the last roads and railways, their tracks make the map of the inland Australia. They become the roads of tomorrow and mark the growth of the nation.

Across the centre of Australia ran an ancient 300 mile track that was used by Aboriginal people trading between north and south.

Commonly known as the Birdsville Track, joining Marree in South Australia to Birdsville in Queensland, it was the main thoroughfare for Tom Kruse to deliver mail and supplies to outlying cattle stations.
The Back of Beyond follows his remarkable journey and celebrates the characters that define outback Australia.

Special Features –Three bonus John Heyer historical films:

1. JOURNEY OF A NATION (1947) 11 minutes.

The much lauded poetic and polemical documentary about the standardisation of Australian rail gauges, emphasising the economic cost in times of peace and the possible threat to security in times of war. Heyer explores the five changes in the size of rail track between the mainland states.

2. THE REEF (1971) – 74 minutes

The Reef captures the beauty of one of the world’s living wonders – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Man-made pollution may set in motion an alarming chain of events which could threaten six hundred thousand years of coral life.

3. LET’S GO (1956) – 10 minutes

‘Motoring isn’t just a matter of having a car or a truck, it’s a matter of knowing about the road!’ A classic tale of planning an outback trip long before the advent of GPS, where The Shell Touring Service maps were the only way to go.

4. PHOTO GALLERY.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should exercise caution when watching this program as it may contain images of deceased persons.

This film was made in 1954 and shown  around Australia, it features Tom Kruse who drove the Birdsville mail for many years.

5. Books on the early mail runs and Marree and Birsdville.

As well as this video we have several the books on Outback mail runs, Mail for the Back of Beyond  and Thirty years with Men – Harry Ding’s which are also available on this online bookshop.

These book talk about mail truck drivers like George Ding, Fred Teague, Wally Blucher and Ken Crombie.

Three other interesting books are Mailman of the Birdsville Track , Birdsville my year in the back of beyond and Marree and the Tracks Beyond in black and white .

We hope you enjoy the DVD.

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Weight .085 kg
Dimensions 19.1 × 13.6 × 1.3 cm

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