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I Saw a Strange Land

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Arthur Groom

Introduction by Robyn Davidson

While living in Central Australia Arthur Groom fell under the spell of our harsh and fascinating country, captivated by its limitless distances and unbelievable colour. Hermannsburg, the home of artist Albert Namatjira and of other well-known painters, became Groom’s headquarters, and from there he made numerous expeditions into wilder and more inaccessible regions. 

Travelling on foot with an Indigenous guide and a team of camels, Groom explored the Macdonnell and Krichauff ranges, the desert country past the salty Lake Amadeus, Uluru and the Olgas. Based on the notes and photographs he took as he travelled, I Saw a Strange Land is Groom’s wonderful record of his extensive journey through the heart of our continent—our ‘strange land.’

‘Take I Saw a Strange Land for a very long walk. Use it as inspiration and guide. Go to the Larapinta Trail...Get out of the car. Ditch the GPS. Use your legs. Rediscover the primal link between walking and thinking.’ Read Robyn Davidson’s inspiring introduction.

Arthur Groom
About the Author

Artur Groom was born in Caulfield, Melbourne, in 1904. His father, Arthur Champion Groom, was the member for Flinders in Australia’s first federal parliament. The family moved to Queensland in 1911.

Groom worked as a jackeroo at Lake Nash station, near the Northern Territory border, before moving to Brisbane in 1926 to work for the Sunday Mail....

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27 May 2015
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