Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Andy Macqueen: Wayfaring in Wollemi - book launch

The launch Andy Macqueen's latest book,
Wayfaring in Wollemi: stories of people in wilderness

BUY the book $40.00 (post free)
- non-fiction, hard cover, 352 pages, 140 maps and images

When:  10.30am 22 October, 2017

Where: Waratah Education Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah

What:   Launch of Wayfaring in Wollemi by Alex Allchin,
             President of Bushwalking NSW, book signing
             Other speakers Wyn Jones (inspiring Blue Mountains conservationist) and
             Haydn Washington (of the Colo Committee which helped save the Wollemi
             back in 70s).

Copies and book signing available immediately following the launch event.

Book Review

Book outline and introduction.

Andy Macqueen is an engineer, hydrologist, conservationist, bushwalker and an accomplished writer of Blue Mountains history. This is his fifth book.

Wayfaring in Wollemi celebrates the human side of wilderness. It presents the stories of 28 people: colonial explorers and surveyors, wanderers, cattlemen, would-be developers, adventurers and conservationists. For one reason or another they each spent a part of their life in the Wollemi, the largest declared Wilderness in New South Wales. What took them there and what did they get up to? Did the experience change their lives? In telling their stories, the author follows their footsteps through the gorges, over the mountains and into the hideaways. Along the way he weaves some of his personal story, revealing how he, like many of his subjects, has been touched by a landscape largely unaffected by transient modern society.

If you attend the launch you may also visit the exhibition by well-known Blue Mountains photographer Ian Brown in the neighbouring rooms. His exhibition, entitled “A leaf, a tree, a forest … Wild Gardens of the Blue Mountains”, opens on 2 September, and closes on the afternoon of Andy’s book launch.