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Title:
Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse (MP3)
Written by:
Kristin Weidenbach 
Read by:
Peter Hosking 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
8 hours 49 minutes 
MP3 size:
368 MB 
Published:
October 01 2013 
Available Date:
October 28 2013 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781743118290 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; Biography 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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"A tribute to the man who earned the love of a whole generation of Australians."
The Age

'A tribute to the man who earned the love of a whole generation of Australians.' – The Age

The Birdsville Track is one of the best known – and loneliest – tracks in Australia, and for twenty 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.