Greta Grey Goes Round Australia

Greta Over Kalbari Gorge

Greta Grey Goes Round Australia

By Blair Paterson

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Greta Grey was a 1965 Ford Falcon which took Tab and I around Australia. She fouled her number-1 sparkplug every thousand-mile or so, but was a super-reliable old girl. Our journey became quite abstract, as long trips often do, and as time went by it seemed Greta was chauffeuring us instead of us driving her.
I loved drawing Greta; she was a constant in our lives on the road. I drew her almost in homage to carry us safely on our journey. What I loved most is how easily she fitted into the surroundings in which she’s drawn – from the brooding coasts along southern Australia to the stark landscapes in the Top End.

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About Blair Paterson

Blair grew up and lives in Sydney’s Inner West. He first realised a love of nature and the outdoors during weekends and holidays with his family on the Hawkesbury River. From humble childhood pastimes building billycarts and tree houses to spending large chunks of time in the bush, Blair now embarks on outdoor pursuits whenever and however possible – by foot, kayak, bicycle or other. He has worked in Environmental Management and currently Outdoor Education. Some of his fondest travels to date have been around Australia and through the Indian Himalayas.
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