Updated: Jan 4, 2020
(An extract from Donald Cooney's iconic book, Bells of the Australian Bush)
In 2004, my dad, Donald Cooney, published Bells of the Australian Bush, an authoritative book on Australian iron and brass animal bells and their makers. He became known as the Australian Bell Man. With the assistance of Paul and Eleanor Knie, a second edition was brought out in 2008. Most of the book is filled with beautiful photographs and impeccably researched historical accounts but in the final chapter, my dad gives an intimate and lyrical insight into his connection with western Queensland of which I have shared an extract below. The photo shows his book launch at Dymocks in 2004. With him is Toowoomba Town Crier, Ralph Cockle (now deceased).