BUSHkids 1930s. Children prepare to baord the BUSHkids bus. Photo Contributed
BUSHkids 1930s. Children prepare to baord the BUSHkids bus. Photo Contributed Contributed

Authors tell the story of BUSHkids, 80 years in the making

THE BUSHkids story has been 80 years in the making, so authors Pat Carlin, Adrian Harrison and Matthew Tesch have one heck of a job trying to turn it into a book.

The trio is putting the finishing touches to Bushies - a 100,000-word 272-page high quality hardback publication containing more than 300 photos from the organisation's rich history.

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Once known as The Royal Queensland Bush Children's Health Scheme, BUSHkids started helping rural and regional children in 1935.

Since then it has improved the lives of 45,000 youngsters facing a range of medical and disability problems.

It's taken well over 18 months to condense the organisation's history into an easy-to-read tale of those who have played a role in BUSHkids growth across the decades.

While the book was due out this year to coincide with the anniversary celebrations, the project is unlikely to be finished until early next year.

The authors have interviewed more than 50 former and current clients, volunteers, staff, executives and BUSHkids council members for the narrative.

- SHERELE MOODY 


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