Tom & Jack

Written by Geraldine Byrne


Tom & Jack is one of the rare success stories of the early days of the Kimberley cattle industry. A veteran drover and cattleman, Tom Kilfoyle partnered his kinsmen the Duracks in exploring and overlanding to the Kimberleys. His son Jack was an enterprising and mischievous man. He was the defendant in charges ranging from cattle duffing to breach of promise of marriage, and is remembered for his enlightened attitudes toward land management and Aboriginal stockmen. The author, a granddaughter of one of the original overlanders, has meticulously researched this fascinating history. A great real-life adventure and enthralling family saga.

ISBN 9781920731076 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 304
Publication Year 2003
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Geraldine byrne

    Geraldine Byrne

    A granddaughter of one of the original overlanders who drove cattle from New South Wales to the Kimberley, Geraldine Byrne was born in Fremantle and grew up in the Goldfields and Wheat belt districts of Western Australia. As a child she heard stories of the Kimberley from her father, and came to develop a keen interest in the region; later strengthened by the friendship of Dame Mary Durack with whom she travelled there many times. After a variety of appointments, including the Australian Studies Centre at the University of London, the Law Society of Western Australia, and the University of Notre Dame, in the mid 1990s Geraldine completed an MA majoring in history and became a full-time historian. Read more