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Wild Spirit: How a year in the African rainforest changed an Australian woman's life., Annette Henderson
1 Wild Spirit: How a year in the African rainforest changed an Australian woman's life.
Annette Henderson Australia Random House 2009 1741666716 / 9781741666717 Soft cover New Book 
In June 1975, Australian couple Annette and Win Henderson find themselves stranded in Libreville, Gabon, after travelling halfway across Africa. When a thief robs their Kombivan, they are left penniless - with no way to go back and no way to go on. They are saved by a chance meeting with a local expat, who offers them jobs in a remote mining camp in the mountains, close to the Congo border, in a region never visited by tourists, accessible only by canoe. At the camp, Annette battles isolation, culture shock and the challenges of a job for which she is ill-prepared. She finds solace and joy in the vast equatorial forest - a world as enthralling as any David Attenborough film - and when she adopts orphaned baby gorilla, Josie, her life changes forever. Wild Spirit is the intensely moving story of a young Australian woman suddenly immersed in a frontier world, coming face to face not only with the impact of the human population on endangered wildlife, but also with her own quest for meaning. About the Author Annette Henderson has been writing full-time since 2005. Prior to that, her working life took her to the United Kingdom, Africa, Indonesia and remote Australia. With her husband, Win, she travelled overland from Calcutta to London in a Kombivan, in which they later journeyed from London across the Sahara Desert to Equatorial Africa. Her life changed forever in 1975 when they both took jobs in a mineral camp in remote mountainous forest in Gabon, West Africa. On returning to Australia, she embarked on a career as an anthropologist. Annette is a committed conservationist, a zoo parent of the lowland gorillas at Taronga Zoo and the adoptive parent of a juvenile orangutan in Borneo. Her articles on Australian birds and reptiles have appeared in Wildlife Australia Magazine. Annette and her husband share seven acres of bushland near Brisbane with koalas, wallabies, powerful owls, over 100 species of native birds and their ridgeback cross, Bentleigh. She is a classically trained singer, enjoys regular workouts at a gym, and runs half marathons. 
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The Leichhardt Diaries: Early travels in Australia during 1842-1844 Ludwig Leichhardt, Edited by Thomas A. Darragh and Roderick J. Fensham
2 The Leichhardt Diaries: Early travels in Australia during 1842-1844 Ludwig Leichhardt
Edited by Thomas A. Darragh and Roderick J. Fensham Australia Queensland Museum 2013 Volume 7 Part 1 Soft cover New Book 24.5 x 18.5 x 3.0 cm 
The first printed English translation of the German explorer and scientist Ludwig Leichhardt’s diaries from 1841-1844. During the 30 months covered by the diaries, Leichhardt arrives in Australia as a diligent student from the lower strata of Prussian society without connections, capital or prospects; and by the closing passages he reveals his intentions to mount the first expedition across the north-eastern quarter of the continent. The diaries reveal how Leichhardt navigated his way through Sydney society and then found his confidence as a scientific traveller, along the way acquiring the array of skills that define a ‘bushman’. The pages illuminate the state of European settlement, the nature of aboriginal culture and the geography of the Australian east coast with detailed observations on the natural world. Amidst the detailed scientific notes are sections that allow an intimate acquaintance with the author. The diaries are a valued addition to anyone’s library, bringing to life part of Australia’s rich geographical, botanical and social history. The accompanying appendices are themselves a wonderful addition. The names and places indexes provide an excellent tool for assisting historians and genealogists while the previously unpublished letter from Leichhardt to the Archers in 1844, held by the Queensland Museum Library provides a further glimpse into his life. Also included is an index of the rock and mineral names used by Leichhardt and an aboriginal word list which includes the names of his informants as well. 540 pages. 
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