REVIEW AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS OLD TIMERS
CHERYL ANN EDWARDS
to be Australian was how I felt after perusing AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOGS
OLD TIMERS by CHERYL ANN EDWARDS of NSW. This book was written,
printed and published entirely in Australia by this fellow Australian, using references
from Australian sources and publications, plus material gathered from our senior
breeders. As its name suggests, the book is about the history and development
of the Australian Cattle Dog. How lucky present and future Cattle Dog enthusiasts
are to have such a work!
The book contains some 335 pages printed on quality
paper that lends itself admirably to the excellent reproduction of the numerous
old and sometimes damaged photographs. The pages are large, roughly A4 size.
The cover has attractive gold embossed lettering, and the dust cover features
a charming 1956 photo of a small girl holding three Cattle Dogs. This jacket
sets the style of the book in which the history of the Cattle Dog is traced.
Australias old publications, books and newspapers have been used, as well
as personal profiles and photos supplied by individual breeders. So, the book
is also a pictorial development of the breed. I especially enjoyed reprints of
the controversy where the name of the breed was changed from Heeler
to Cattle Dog, and the articles about the development of the breed
from Dingo blood. However, it is the wonderful collection of old photographs
which give this book its special appeal.
The six years of research, and
subsequent collection and collation of the information is clearly evident. I
congratulate Cheryl Ann Edwards on a splendid individual effort. I hope this
book sets a precedent for the Kelpie, Australian Terrier and the Australian Silky
Terrier enthusiasts to follow!
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