Beneath Whose Hand
The Autobiography of R. M. Williams
by R. M. Williams
with Olaf Ruhen
Sun Books, Pan Macmillan, 2008, ISBN 9780725107536, black and white photographic plates, large C-Format paperback
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, uncreased spine (see photographs)
“He left home in his teens and went bush. For months he trekked through the deserts and ranges of Central Australia as the camel-man of a two-man expedition. He then worked as a drover.
The sale of a handmade pack-saddle to Sir Sidney Kidman for five pounds was the beginning of a business which grew rapidly. Soon bushmen from all over Australia were sending ‘cash with order’ for R.M.’s elastic sided boots and other products. The mail-order business made hi wealthy and positioned hi as a household name throughout the bush.
Always restless and enterprising, R.M. has never been content just to be a businessman. The bush is his greatest love, and through his life he has remained as close to it as possible, droving, running cattle-stations, and breeding and training horses. From gold-mining in the Northern Territory, to tea-planting in the New Guinea Highlands, publishing poetry and establishing the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, R. M. Williams has earned his place as a hero of the Australian Bush.”