K I D M A N
The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman
As a barely literate youth of thirteen, Sidney Kidman ran away from home and worked as an odd-job boy in a grog shanty in outback Australia. He went on to become one of the greatest pastoral landholders in modern history, acquiring a legendary reputation both home and abroad as the Cattle King.
Kidman was much more than a grazier. In addition to his many successful business ventures and his contribution to the war effort, he was driven by a grand plan for the remote arid areas of Australia. This kept him locked in a battle with the land – and against drought. Wealth, power, fame and honours did not change Sidney Kidman. He remained the homespun, gregarious bushman for whom men worked with an almost savage loyalty.