Burrawang Bill

Bill Royal is not a guy who enjoys being in front of a camera. He’s not particularly camera shy but, if asked to tilt his weather-worn Akubra to lift the shadow from his face, he’s quite likely to give a one-finger salute.

Or so he says, as I tentatively lift my Canon from my bag.
“No-one out here on the land wears his hat like that,” he explains with evident disdain. “It’s there for shade, not fashion!”

I realise that I’ll have to tread carefully, for Bill Royal is a focused man. The ever-industrious manager of a 100,000-acre cattle station near Condobolin, NSW, has no time for silly stunts such as posing for a picture. Contact me for complete article