Author Marshall Langston and officiator Dot Hamilton at the book launch.
Author Marshall Langston and officiator Dot Hamilton at the book launch. Sam Turner

Memoir chronicles outback adventures and tough times on land

AS A testament to life in the outback, Eidsvold's Marshall Langston released his autobiography Pleasures of the Bush, featuring tales of droving, hardship and family life.

Family, friends, and residents gathered at the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre on Wednesday to celebrate the release of the book.

Son of a military father during wartime, Mr Langston learnt early he needed the right tools and know-how to provide for his family.

From his early beginnings as a jackaroo, he quickly picked up the knack for cattle droving, managing runs west of the Great Dividing Range and later operating out of the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Mr Langston said he believed his story was unique and was worth telling.

"I'd originally wanted to write it for my kids who had been through the rough times with me and my wife out in the west,” Mr Langston said.

"However I feel like I've done something that not many other people have done in their lives.”

The book features themes of adversity, responsibility and isolation and Mr Langston believes those who work on the land will appreciate the autobiography.

"With families in the area doing it tough with the drought, they will understand how hard it is to survive out here with cattle and farming,” he said.

The event was officiated by Dot Hamilton, and several contributors paid tribute to Mr Langston at the launch.


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