No Fame No Fortune
Frank Deer recounts in fascinating detail the experiences and at times, heart-breaking efforts of three generations of his family to tame the virgin country of the Cowell district of upper Eyre Peninsula.
His autobiography spans the period from the depths of the Great Depression and World War II to the relative prosperity of the 1990s, and like A. B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life, with which it bears many similarities, gives the reader an insight into the quintessential battlers of one of the harshest areas of the Australian bush.
It thus provides a social history of a bygone age and of the rugged breed of men and women by whom this country was built, an age which future generations will never experience but will hopefully appreciate.