August 15 , 2010

The Colonial Vet


'The Colonial Vet in Fiji, Ceylon and Africa' is the colourful story of pioneering Australian veterinary surgeon, Charles Turbet, who after serving in WW1, spent most of his working life in Fiji, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Nyasaland (Malawi) as a senior government vet. An adventurous and intellectually curious man, Turbet, often in very difficult circumstances, not the least of which was the starched and stuffy British Colonial Service, made lasting impacts on stock breeding and animal husbandry everywhere he worked. The well-illustrated book, by daughter Colleen Williams, ranges widely as in fact Charles did, including a study tour to Germany as Hitler was rising to power. A4, 142pp, 60,000 words, incl. maps, photos, tables.

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