Simpson and the Donkey Anniversary Edition

The Making of a Legend

Peter Cochrane
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Simpson and the Donkey Anniversary Edition

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1 January 2014

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9780522866049

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Melbourne University Press

Simpson and the Donkey Anniversary Edition

The Making of a Legend

Peter Cochrane
Anniversary Edition, new foreword
The simple tale of Simpson and his donkey is the pre-eminent legend of heroism. It is the story of a humble water-carrier, a rescuer of wounded men, a tale of compassion, stoic persistence, with a tragic end. His tale is an integral part of the Anzac story.
Across time, a simple tale can acquire a complicated history. This is what happened to the man with the donkey and is the subject of this book, Simpson's 'afterlife', the legend.
The simple tale of Simpson and his donkey is the pre-eminent legend of heroism. It is the story of a humble water-carrier, a rescuer of wounded men, a tale of compassion, stoic persistence, with a tragic end. His tale is an integral part of the Anzac story.
Across time, a simple tale can acquire a complicated history. This is what happened to the man with the donkey and is the subject of this book, Simpson's 'afterlife', the legend.

Peter Cochrane

Historian Peter Cochrane is the author of the critically acclaimed companion volume to the ABC television series Australians at War (ABC Books, 2001) and Simpson and the Donkey: The Making of a Legend (Melbourne University Press, 1992). He is now at work on a new project, Bligh's Factotum, about William Bligh's sojourn in the colony of New South Wales.

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