The Cooper’s Coming
By Jimmy Dunn
Writing and publishing his book in just a few short months, the book provides an insight into the history of the Cooper, the people who have relied upon it, and the pastoral industry that it supports. Jim and his wife Joan were pioneers in an area of desolate isolation. They had more than 25 years at Kalamurina Station and saw the Cooper flood a number of times, from 1949-51, in 1955 and then again in 1974, the biggest flood on record. Water from their four inch annual rainfall or in flooding rivers creeping through the parched sandhills and claypans always brought immense joy and eased the hardship of survival. Today Jim and Joan are based in the Adelaide Hills where they’re enjoying the euphoria of this phenomenon once again. Those who have only seen the arid landscapes of our inland will enjoy this portrayal of the Cooper in flood.