Kings in Grass Castles

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Kings in Grass Castles
First UK edition
AuthorMary Durack
PublisherConstable & Co. (UK)

Kings in Grass Castles is a 1959 book of history by Dame Mary Durack (1913–1994). The book is considered a classic of Australian literature.

It is the story of Durack's pioneering family establishing its pastoral interests in the Australian outback during the 19th century and concerns the life and times of Durack's grandfather Patrick Durack, an Irish immigrant who became a leader of the overlanders who brought their cattle on hoof to the tropical north. The book was notable for its portrayal of the role of women and families in the pastoral industry and collaboration and respect between the pastoralists and local Aborigines.[1]

Durack published a sequel, Sons in the Saddle, in 1983.[1] Kings in Grass Castles was made into a TV mini-series in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ a b Bolton, Geoffrey (24 December 1994). "Obituaries: Dame Mary Durack". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Kings in Grass Castles". Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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