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Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the tough frontier lifetime of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a relatives during the melancholy, and spent 60 years along with his liked spouse, Evelyn. regardless of enduring hardships we will slightly think at the present time, Facey regularly observed his lifestyles as a "fortunate" one. a real vintage of Australian literature, his easily written autobiography is an proposal. it's the tale of a existence lived to the full—the striking trip of a normal man.

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A Fortunate Life

Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the tough frontier lifetime of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a relations throughout the melancholy, and spent 60 years together with his loved spouse, Evelyn. regardless of enduring hardships we will be able to slightly think this day, Facey regularly observed his existence as a "fortunate" one.

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I stayed with Uncle until October 1905 and by then he had one hundred acres of wheat growing and would be ready to harvest in about twelve weeks. It was a lovely crop, the first wheat grown with an artificial fertiliser which the farmers called Thomas's manure. It was a bluish black colour and very heavy. The Government helped the settlers with the purchase and delivery of this fertiliser. Grandma told me about a new scheme the Government had brought in to help the settlers become established so that they could grow enough wheat, and stock their properties.

I told him about the horse-breaking and branding. He asked me if any of the men had told me not to say anything if I was questioned and I told him no. I never said anything about the warning that old Albert had given me. He then asked me how they treated me, and I told him rotten. I said the old man Albert was nice and treated me fine and I told him about the new pants he bought me. The policeman then asked what they would do to me if they thought or knew what I had told him. I said that they would half kill me, that they and Bob were very cruel.

The nurse asked Alf how far it was to the nearest doctor. I heard Alf tell her it was about thirty miles when the doctor was at the nearest town, but he served several towns and could be a hundred miles away. It could take a week or more to get to him. The nurse said, 'That would be too late. ' It was dark by this time and they had the lights burning. Everyone was too worried to leave the place. The nurse was an angel. She stayed up with me all that night and kept putting the powder onto the cuts and this slowly eased the pain.

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