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And that’s the way it was.

I would often go into the bush and watch the birds and think in some ways they were like me – they had to fend for themselves as soon as the mother bird thought that they were old enough.

Abandoned by his mother at the tender age of two, Albert Facey lived with some of his siblings and his grandparents in Victoria until 1899 when his Grandma decided to take them all to Perth in Western Australia where they would reunite with family. Bert’s granddad had recently died and
Extraordinary, and familiar - it reminds me of some of my grandfather's reminiscences from his young life: grinding poverty, fruit picking & rabbit hunting just to feed the family, camping in the most inhospitable of climates, changing jobs & locations to make ends meet. I guess it all depends on how you look at it, whether you see it as a fortunate, or unfortunate, life. The Aussie battler that my grandfather was would, I think, agree with A. B. Facey.

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Taught this at Scotch College in Perth, WA. A lovely portrait of growing up in what was then a very isolated country town in the middle of a desert. A fascinating story of a childhood that few could experience now and a growing up punctuated by war. A fortunate life indeed.
I read this book way back in high school for English - I was swatted. Could not put it down and missed the next day of school because I had not slept the previous night for reading! I have been so taken by this book that when I was in Canberra for work -I made sure that I went to the War Memorial and looked up AB Facey on the Wall of Honour. There he was - as he said - and I feel like he was a member of my own family - I am THAT proud to have had the opportunity to hear his "voice" before he mov ...more
Jacinta Hoare
Australian's are so lucky that Bert Facey has left his story for us.

I liked the simple narrative style that is used, it has reminded me of listening to my own grandfathers talk of their early days farming and droving.

While I hoped that the hardships that Bert faced would ease, I didn't want the story telling to end. I was quite positively sad when I closed the book upon finishing.

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