David Thirgood has been creating stories for his children and now his grandchildren for over thirty years and has been encouraged to write with comments from his eager audience like, ‘Dad, you have to write a book’, and more recently, ‘Poppie, you have to write a book’.
David has a degree in Management and this has proven valuable throughout his working career.
During an overseas posting, he put his skills to work and wrote and directed a set of satirical children’s plays.
After retirement, David and his wife, Lynne, worked for some months in the Central Desert Region. He immediately fell in love with the Red Centre and this wonderful area inspired the idea for his first adult fiction, The Breath of Uluru.
There is no cure for old age is there?” he smiled at his
loving wife who was also feeling the difficulties of being in her ninth decade.
She returned his smile and handed him his cup of tea. He stared out of the
window to the bright sunlit sand dunes dotted with his favourite of all plants,
the spinifex. Beyond the dunes was the township, now prosperous partly because
of a single species of medicinal plant found only here and because his people
made it happen. Even he was unsuccessful in cultivating the plant in other parts
On days like today when all was quiet he could hear the gentle hum of the desalination plant, less than a kilometre from his study. What a masterstroke that was. The initiative and toil of his people had brought about its planning and construction.
‘Why?’ The doubters kept asking, then ‘How?’ He thought
about the ingenuity of his people. When they developed
Students flock to witness and study the social transformation. Tourists visit the plantation, so rare and valuable to medicine and the world, a plantation like no other, inspired by his people. ‘Where is it?’ tourists ask even though they’re standing in the heart of it. Only three species of indigenous plant with an average of five sub species each are planted here in our 2,000-square kilometre plantation. Unlike with monoculture plantations, we removed the buffel grass and other weeds and replaced them with over a million trees and shrubs selected for their healing qualities and planted them amongst the native vegetation of the central desert.
The plantation nursery is also a learning institution, an
outlying campus of the
His brows wrinkle as he thinks of his childhood, the poverty, dependence on others and despair. A few good people with vision, strength and understanding set in motion a revolution fuelled by education and empowerment. He thinks of his wife, his uncle, his parents, his mother and father-in-law and too many relations and friends to count.
A gentle breeze ruffles the curtains and he looks out beyond the dunes to the south east and thinks about his ancestors again and how it all began.
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