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The Back of Beyond

1h 2m Documentary, Australia, Australian 1954

The remarkable journey of outback mailmen that delivered supplies to outlaying cattle stations.

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.

Across the centre of Australia ran an ancient 300-mile track that was used by Indigenous 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.


John Heyer



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