Where the Seasons Come and Go
‘Where the Season Come & Go’
Eric Bonython was born in 1910 and orphaned when he was four. He went to live with his grandparents and attended Queens School in Adelaide. While at Queens he produced the ‘Gumnut Gazette’, developing his literary skills.
After leaving school he joined the staff of Guy Bonython’s station, his cousin, on Avondale, South East of Lake Eyre. It was from there he made trips up through the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales, even travelling across the Snowy Mountains six weeks earlier than anyone had done before, but no-one believed he’d done it!
After his marriage to Margery Clayton, he settled, sheep farming, at Bugle Ranges but his love for the north never left him. Although Eric’s chief occupation lay in landholding and grazing, partly in arid central Australia he had a very wide interest in history, geography and anthropology. He also became an outstanding explorer of the then imperfectly known Lake Eyre Basin, one of the most mysterious geological areas on earth. Every year he would travel ‘up north’ for a few weeks roaming around the ‘Birdsville track’, the ‘Cooper’ and the sand hills in his Chevrolet Buckboard.
He developed diabetes and this combined with his various horse and other injuries prevented him from doing much manual work so he returned to writing. After ‘The Bonython Family’ he wrote this book, primarily to tell of the Lutheran Missionaries and Major Lance Powell, a returned service man and his English bride Beryl, on Killalpaninna. The account of his time on Avondale, boating down Cooper Creek to Lake Eyre and his other expeditions are also part of Australia’s interesting past.
His death in 1971, before the book was published, was a sad and great loss to us all.
This fourth edition has 16 extra pages of colour slides taken from his 1961 and 1967 trips.
‘Where the Seasons Come and Go’ contains some striking photographs from Eric’s fine collection. Many of these are important, not least that of Hector’s dinghy! While, however, it is feasible to illustrate the material bases of such explorations, it is quite impossible to depict the determination and courage that played so striking a part of Eric Bonython’s life and achievements. To him Australia can indeed be grateful.
A. Grenfell Price Chairman,
Lake Eyre Sub- committee
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia
South Australian Branch 1950-55
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