Welcome to the book launch of Phil's latest book, The Red Dust.

the red dustMy childhood was spent on my parent’s property, west of Griffith on the edge of the Hay plain. This property was one of sixty that were a part of a soldier settlement scheme. It is dated during the 1960s.

In 65 and 66 there was a severe drought. “The Red Dust’ tells the story of the community during this dry time.

Although the novel tackles such issues as isolation, education, distance, social structure, first nation people and the aftermath of WW2 on the settlers, the novel
obsessively deals with the women who followed their husbands into this hash environment.

Marg Stirling, the main character, has difficulty finding her place in this land that offered her little. The story follows her realisation and acceptance of her lot in this
very tough land.

In this novel I have tried to capture the spirit of the outback. It’s extremes, it’s unpredictability, the constant battle to survive but most importantly it’s great peace
and beauty. It is a description of the uniqueness of this land and its effect upon the inhabitants.

It has been written as homage to my parents and the community we were a part of. 

by author Phil Aughey

 

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This is a map of the locations Anvil Creek have performed, some multiple times, with more to come!

Anvil Creek usually perform in pubs as a dinner/show. We have performed in theatres, clubs, school yards, Adelaide Fringe Festival (2004), and for private functions. Check out our latest tours.

Some locations (some multiple times) include:

The following venues we're perfomed previous to 2012

  • Royal Carrangarra Hotel, Tambo, QLD
  • Lake Cargellico Golf Club, Lake Cargellico NSW
  • Commercial Hotel, Lithgow NSW
  • Ariah Park Hotel, Temora NSW
  • Parkes Hotel, Parkes NSW
  • White Hart Hotel, Murrurundi NSW
  • Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
  • Sportsman's Arms Hotel Motel, Deniliquin NSW
  • Royal Mail Hotel, Jerilderie NSW
  • Currabubula Hotel, Currabubula NSW
  • The Peel Hotel Nundle, Nundle NSW
  • Port of Bourke Hotel, Bourke NSW
  • Mullaley Hotel, Mullaley NSW
  • Imperial Hotel, Coonabarabran NSW
  • Hermitage Hill Resort , Wellington NSW
  • Victory Hotel, Mooball NSW
  • Crown Hotel, Urbenville NSW
  • Hotel Gearin, Katoomba NSW
  • Collie Hotel, Collie NSW
  • The Binalong Hotel, Binalong NSW
  • Royal Tavern Hotel, Coolamon NSW
  • Murwillumbah Hotel, Murwillumbah NSW
  • Billinudgel Hotel , Billinudgel NSW
  • Hotel Cecil , Casino NSW
  • Ballymore Inn, Ballymore NSW
  • Royal Federal, Branxton NSW
  • Commonwealth Hotel, Newcastle NSW
  • Palace Hotel, Mortlake NSW
  • Royal Hotel, Scone NSW
  • Exchange Hotel, Balmain NSW
  • Walgett School, Walgett NSW
  • Sons of the Soil, Coonamble NSW
  • Blue Wren Vineyard, Mudgee NSW
  • Bowling Club, Geurie NSW
  • Comedy Festival, Wollombi NSW
  • Coronation Club, Griffith NSW
  • Top Hydro, Leeton NSW
  • Duke of York Hotel, Adelaide SA
  • Mad Cow Theatre, Gosford NSW
  • Uralla Hotel, Uralla NSW
  • Imperial Hotel, Wee Waa NSW
  • Junction City, Burren Junction NSW
  • Australian Hotel, Cessnock NSW
  • Stag and Hunter Hotel, Mayfield NSW
  • Singleton Heights School, Singleton NSW
  • Newtown Theatre, Newtown NSW
  • Bowling Club, Hamilton NSW
  • Globe Hotel, Rylstone NSW
  • Orange Hotel, Orange NSW
  • The Old Vic Inn, Canowindra NSW
  • The Rock Resturant, Newcastle NSW
  • Gularganbone Bowling Club, Gularganbone NSW
  • Meridian Cafe, Marulan NSW
  • Golf Club, Bigga NSW
  • Also hotels in Berry and Bourke.