By Doris Blackwell, Douglas Lockwood
This precise tale of existence on the Alice on the flip of the century is not just a publication of serious historic curiosity, it displays a deep love for the rustic and the people.
The city that's Alice was once a telegraph station whilst Doris Bradshaw Blackwell moved there as a tender lady in 1899. Her father, Thomas Bradshaw, was once the officer answerable for the Alice Springs Telegraph Station from 1899 to 1908. This publication captures the ambience of these early days.
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