The Birdsville Track is one of the best-known - and loneliest – tracks in Australia, and for 20 years Tom Kruse was the mailman, battling the searing heat, floods, and mechanical breakdowns. He made the run every fortnight, and was a lifeline to the isolated settlements and stations along the way, delivering everything from letters to essential supplies. The Track is still just that - a track through the desert and sandhills. Tom began in the days before reliable vehicles, good communication, and air access in case of emergency. He made running repairs of his truck, he loaded and unloaded tons of stores to ferry his cargo across flooded creeks. He kept people in touch with the outside world - and was sometimes caught up in the grief of a lonely death.
Tom Kruse always got the mail through - come drought, hell, or high waters. This is truly a classic Australian story and captures part of our history that is fast vanishing.
©2003 Kristin Weidenbach (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"A tribute to the man who earned the love of a whole generation of Australians." (The Age)
Almost as good as Charles Kingsford Smith & The ballad of Les Darcy!!
He read it brilliantly!!!!!!
The real Tom Kruse.
Wish more Australians knew this story.
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