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Daintree Reflections -
Surviving in Crocodile Country North Queensland

Anthony W. Buirchell

Suddenly there was an explosion in the centre of the billabong and a gigantic crocodile launched itself into the path of the incoming geese. The crocodile opened its massive jaws and seemed to hover in the air.
The boys sat transfixed.
Several magpie geese saw the danger and tried to swerve.
The crocodile had selected one that was on a direct course to where its jaws would clamp shut around it. Black and white feathers flew in all directions and the crocodile’s massive body whacked back into the water.
Wave after wave rippled across the water and then all was still as if nothing had happened.
“Jesus Christ,” said Keith. “Did you see that?”
Not only crocodiles but the ever present dangers of floods, wild pigs, cyclones, pythons, cassowaries, flash floods and taipans confronted the family daily. Did they all survive the years 1926 – 1936 as a family in the Daintree?
Not only read about their quest for survival but also the fun and mischief they got up to.

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About the Author

Anthony W. Buirchell

Anthony Buirchell was born in Kojonup, West Australia in 1949.

He worked on the ‘Wheat Bins’ during Christmas holidays to pay his way through high school and college.

Anthony was the Head Boy of Kojonup JHS in 1964 and again at Katanning SHS in 1966.

After studying at Claremont Teachers’ College he graduated and taught for 45 years in large primary schools and as a Principal in small country schools.
Through part time studies he attained a Bachelor of Social Science at Curtin University and a Bachelor of Education at Murdoch University.
He has a daughter, Stephanie and two grandsons, Kale and Dylan.

His partner is Deborah Johnson and she was the inspiration for his first book The Restless Danish Immigrants: The Johnson Family. (Available through Vivid Publishing)

He has a Blog at where he shares his thoughts and works.






                                    Daintree - Journey to Crocodile
                                    Country North Queensland by Anthony
                                    W. Buirchell



ISBN: 978-1-925341-43-0
Format: Paperback + eBook
Extent: 330 pages
RRP: $18.95 (USD $4.99 ebook)
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Fiction -- Historical -- Action

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