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Alternative title: I Saw a Strange Land : Journeys in Central Australia
Note: Introduced by Robyn Davidson.
Issue Details: First known date: 1950... 1950 I Saw a Strange Land
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'While living in Central Australia Arthur Groom fell under the spell of our harsh and fascinating country, captivated by its limitless distances and unbelievable colour. Hermannsburg, the home of artist Albert Namatjira and of other well-known painters, became Groom’s headquarters, and from there he made numerous expeditions into wilder and more inaccessible regions.

'Travelling on foot with an Indigenous guide and a team of camels, Groom explored the Macdonnell and Krichauff ranges, the desert country past the salty Lake Amadeus, Uluru and the Olgas. Based on the notes and photographs he took as he travelled, I Saw a Strange Land is Groom’s wonderful record of his extensive journey through the heart of our continent—our ‘strange land.’' (Publication summary)


  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to a great task which commenced at Bethany, at 4 p.m., on 22 October 1875.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1950 .
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      Extent: xi, 216,[31]p. of platesp.
      Reprinted: 1959
      • Includes index
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2015 .
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      Extent: 272p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Description: illus., map
      • Publication date:

        27 May 2015

      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 9781922182791
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1977 .
      Extent: xv, 216p.
      • Includes index.
      • First published Sydney: Angus & Robertson 1950
      ISBN: 0727003836
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