Peter and Sheila Forrest

Historians & Writers

Rush for Grass (A)


Rush for Grass (A)

A history of the Western Queensland District of Ilfracombe
Year of publication: 
(First edition 1988)

A history of one of Australia’s great wool growing districts, acclaimed as a splendid chronicle of achievement in the Australian outback. The book uses the Ilfracombe story as a case study to illustrate how settlement and development occurred in the Australian inland. Ilfracombe's history is a parable for the Australian experience everywhere west of the Great Dividing Range. The story is told through the lives of people who went west in search of grass and opportunity and in search of better chances in life for themselves and their families, whether in the town or in the bush.