Author(s): Don P. Watson
Dop 2008, Auckland softcover 199pp An account of Don Watson's life as a geologist. Three groupings of his experiences are portrayed: his New Zealand student years where he supported himself through a degree; his working years mainly in remote parts of Australia and finally his years lecturing in engineering geology. The style is descriptive and humorous to the point of piquancy. Bizarre anecdotes are offered about colourful characters in the mining world. In contrast the book dedicates itself in part to Don's problem with his 'black dog' as Churchill put it. The title of the book accommodates the problem he carried as a bipolar and the discrimination he copped at times from some of his employers. Despite all this he has constantly made progress as a professional. This is a chronologue which embraces the delights and pains of the author's employees and contractors in a number of contrasting locales. For example the parochialism of Broken Hill versus the pioneering at Jervois Range, Northern Territory, or the grunt of the giant Mt Isa versus the pathos of Herberton, Queensland. The author guides the reader with lucid maps to his localities whilst photographs and caricatures illustrate many events.