Prologue Part One 1. From the Riverina to the Gulf 2. McAllister at Last 3. Home Sweet Home 4. Testing Times 5. A Memorable Day 6. Setting Up 7. I Do 8. Home Again 9. An Urgent Need for a House 10. Playing the Hostess 11. Friends, Neighbours and Shareholders 12. Off to Mount Isa Part Two 13. A Sticky Situation 14. Enjoying Ourselves 15. From the Wet to the Dry 16. Hard Times 17. Friends of the North 18. Forces of Nature 19. Uncertain Times 20. The Burke and Wills 21. The Joys of Parenthood Part Three 22. Our Caravan 23. Back Home 24. Stormy Weather 25. Raising Spirits 26. Light at the End of the Tunnel 27. A Dream Come True 28. The Invasion 29. Boarding School 30. Keeping Busy 31. Disaster Strikes 32. The End of an Era 33. Our Sad Farewell Reflections Acknowledgements
Brought up on a comfortable farm in the Riverina, at twenty-two, Jenny Bull fell in love with Rick Old and went to live and work with him on his property, McAllister, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There, she faced incredible hardship, living in a hut with not even basic necessities. Her only contact with the outside world was a two-way radio. In this vast empty landscape, she battled drought, flood, fire, and cyclones. For eighteen years she and Rick struggled to stay on in the Gulf, eventually triumphantly turning McAllister into a thriving oasis.