Book, D Lewis and C Schultz, Beyond the Big Run


Book by D Lewis and C Schultz.

Captures the historic sweep of Charlie Schultzs extraordinary life and achievements; a man who took on the management of the Humbert River Station at the very edge of Australia’s last frontier in 1926, and worked there for another 43 years!

“I’ll be lucky to last a bloody year”, was the prediction of nineteen year old Charlie Schultz. That was 1926, when he first arrived to take up the management of Humbert River Station. A tiny run-down property in a tangle of wild ranges, neighbour to the vast and legendary Victoria River Downs. There were hostile blacks in the ranges, fences were almost unknown and wild cattle overran the stations. Battling loneliness, hardship and the wild bush itself, Charlie was to last the year. He went on to work Humbert Station for another forty-three years.

Gathered from extensive interviews with Victoria River District historian Darrell Lewis, Charlies remarkable life-stories intersect with the colourful events and characters of the day. Here are the renegades, ruthless bosses, floods and droughts, gun fights and spearings, Christmas sports and horse races that capture the historic sweep of Charlie Schultz’s extraordinary life and achievements.

Lyle Kent, in 2014, standing beside what is left of the Humbert River homestead yards. Lyle worked for Charlie Schultz at Humbert River during 1969, It was at Humbert that Lyle got his first taste for leather work.

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Weight 236 g