'...Those ...sleepers which cushioned the tremendous travelling weight of trains: they had been axed from the forests of Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata)...axemen filled export contracts for the expansion of steam across China, India, British Africa. Most of the sleepers for the Trans-Siberian.. were cut from the forests around Bunyah (NSW) and so - here's poetic justice - carried the weight of thousands of Russians, transported to isolation and worse. Truly, Grey Ironbark is one of the hardest woods available to man...'
from Murray Bail: Eucalyptus 1998 Text Publishing Melbourne.
1999 winner of the Miles Franklin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.