Challenging the Cliches of Cattle Station Life

Kim Mahood grew up on a cattle station in the Tanami. In this two-part programme, the award-winning writer reflects on relations between men and women, both Indigenous and white, who shared the challenges of pastoral life in the desert. Questioning the stereotype of the macho Outback male and throwing light on the fate of Aboriginal stockmen, Kim Mahood gives an uncommon view in this previously unpublished interview.

Broadcast: Tuesdays 9th and 16th October 2012 at 5.30pm

Repeated: Sundays 14th and 21st October at 5.00pm and Fridays 19th and 26th October at 9:00am

Producer:  Megg Kelham

Music courtesy of Ted Egan. You also heard Molly Clark and Jacqui Huggins.

For more information about Kim Mahood, go to: or download licensed essays free via the digital portal of most local libraries.

For more information about the history of Finke, go to: See also: Doohan, Kim “One Family, Different Country : The Development and Persistence of an Aboriginal Community at Finke, Northern Territory.” University of Sydney: Oceania Monograph, 1992.

For more information about changes in the pastoral industry in the 1960s, read: Smith, Tony “Aboriginal Labour and the Pastoral Industry in the Kimberley Division of Western Australia: 1960–1975.” Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 3 No. 4, (October 2003,): pp. 552–70, and Doohan above

For another perspective on the recent history of Tanami Downs go to: has-new-future/