I have done a few posts recently about Tom Cole, Northern Territory buffalo hunter extraordinaire. Here we are catching up with Tom again, this time it is 1937, and will soon be the end of the wet season. Tom is about to gain an offsider.
I am not too sure how this unusual pairing is going to go. Tom appears to be a man’s man, a person who doesn’t have much to do with barbers or ballroom dancers. Interestingly though, they are the very things that his new offsider Samuel Delaney is known for.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure that there are manly hairdressers out there, blokes that like to cut hair during the week, and kill things with their bare hands on the weekends. I’m just saying I have never met any. Especially ones that are also well-known ballroom dancers.
What on earth are Tom and Samuel going to talk about around the campfire of an evening?
I love the end of this article where Mr Delaney tell us about what he is hoping to come out of this adventure with.
‘When I eventually return to Sydney,’ he said, ‘I hope I will have acquired a sturdy frame, eyes used to great distances, a scar over one eye showing white against the brown of my skin, and a limp in my long, striding walk— a reminder of an encounter with a mad buffalo.’
It is nice that he has such clear hopes for this little adventure, although this wish list sounds he actually wants to be on the cover of a Mills and Boon novel.
Well, good luck to you Mr Delaney, I will be looking for an article regarding your safe return. I hope the scar over your eye is exactly how you hoped, without a life threatening infection ruining it, and that the mad buffalo only injures you slightly, giving you the rakish limp you are hoping for and not crippling you for life….