Woolgangi and the East:

14 July 2021

‘Woolgangi and the East: A Photographic History’ records the extensive history of Woolgangi Station, and was recently presented to the South Australian Parliamentary Library for their collection.

First published in 2011, the book was compiled by Meredith Satchell based on recounted stories from Les Warnes (1922-2016), who lived and worked at Woolgangi Station for most of his life. Woolgangi Station is a 20,000-hectare sheep station located 65 kilometres north-east of Burra.

Les began collaborating with Meredith in 2009, recounting tales of his life and love of the eastern country. The book was initially intended for the family to enjoy, but quickly gained wider popularity, resulting in three print runs completed.

The many unique photographs, fascinating stories and newspaper articles in the book present a detailed account of Woolgangi Station and the Warnes family history. The book provides a valuable insight into life on the station and how it changed over the decades.

Recently, a copy of the book was presented to the South Australian Parliamentary Library by Ian and Neville Warnes, sons of the late Les Warnes. The book presentation was hosted by the Hon John Dawkins MLC, President of the Legislative Council.

“It is great to see this piece of South Australia’s pastoral history documented in the Parliamentary Library” Mr Dawkins said. “My thanks goes to Ian and Neville for providing this book, which serves as a tribute to Les’s life and legacy”.