From a Swagman's Diary: life on the road during the Great Depression
From a Swagman's Diary: life on the road during the Great Depression - Leslie Howard Perkins
In 1930 the first full year of the Great Depression had fully impacted on Australia. During this time a spirit of adventure took two young men, both leaving behind secure jobs, on the road from Melbourne to North Queensland. One of these men, Leslie Howard Perkins, kept a journal of his experiences throughout his year away.
He tells of swagmen, bagmen, tramps and hobos all battling to survive through increasingly tough times. The diary is one man's eye witness account of life on the swag, as it was then known.
This is a first hand description of life on the road during the Great depression.
Transcribed from handwritten diaries May 1930 to May 1941. The diaries were discovered by family members amongst the items left following the death of an uncle. The book includes some drawings found in the diaries (the front cover image in an example) and some photos.
First impression March 2008
Second impression October 2008
170pp, A5, photo illustrations, perfect bound, limp cover.
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