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You Can’t Eat Scenery

Life in Wee Jasper 1850 – 1970

Jennifer Barton

Published Date: June 25, 2011

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Product dimensions 297 x 210 mm, portrait, 338 pages, profusely illustrated in colour and black and white.
Languages English
ISBN No 978-0-646-55576-8


The beauty of the Wee Jasper valley and the mountains that surround it must have lifted the spirits of the pioneers, especially when times were tough. But as Eric McAlister once said, ‘You can’t eat scenery’. Life was often a struggle for Eric, as it was for his parents and grandparents who were among the first to settle in the district. The stories told in this book by the descendants of the Wee Jasper pioneers illustrate the courage, hard work, resourcefulness and resilience required in the early days of settlement of this remote but beautiful place.

This publication is divided into four sections and tells the story of the settlement and everyday life of the people of the Wee Jasper Valley. Local identities have contributed numerous records, photographs, documents and most importantly their memories to this account of their valley tucked away to the south west of Yass in south-eastern New South Wales.

‘You Can’t East Scenery’ is an A4 book consisting of 338 pages, and is profusely illustrated in colour and black and white. It is an outstanding book of local history.

Author Information

Jennifer Barton is a Canberra author. Jennifer has written two children’s books, “Puggle in Trouble” which is about the trouble a baby echidna gets into when it decides to leave its burrow to explore the world before it is old enough. An easy to sing, easy to remember song is built into the “Wombat Pooh”, which is suitable for pre-schoolers and first graders.

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