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Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations: First Generation

Because he was so shy of publicity, little is known about J. J. Leahy. He was called by some the back-country baron, one of Australia’s most important early pastoralists. With a limited education and no money, he went on to build up a large pastoral empire. He owned or leased over one hundred extensive properties, and at one time, his wool clip was said to be the largest in Australia. He also ran sixty thousand head of cattle on these.....

Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations: Second Generation

This second generation story goes on to document how they went on to live a very different life in a now bygone era.   This book is connected to the first generation life of our family, but it tells of a completely different life and times. It is a story of a generation living through and coping in its own way.