They hit gold – in fact they hit millions and millions’ worth.
“I would walk into town with a bag of gold on each hip, and a shotgun in each hand, looking out in case of bandits.”
This hardworking man from the sticks had managed to not only build a successful business but also become wealthy in a way that would change his life forever.
Although the first people to buy RM’s beautifully made riding boots, belts, moleskin trousers and oilskin coats were stock men, drovers, miners and other outback types, this distinctively Australian look soon began to appeal to city dwellers – even those beyond Australia’s shores.
(Much later, President Bill Clinton was inaugurated in a pair. Today, these iconic elastic-sided boots are worn in the boardrooms of Sydney, New York and London as well as on dusty outback stations.)
RM continued to author many more books, helped to create the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, and Outback magazine.
He was awarded numerous honours including being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth II, but he still never forgot his early years scratching a living in Australia’s arid interior.
His success led to a city mansion filled with antiques but his heart was back home in the bush. And so, after some searching, he settled on a property called Rocky Bar on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The property was rundown and the cattle were wild, but RM rose to the challenge, working hard to make a new home.
This quote from his book I Once Met a Man sums up RM and his life:
“This book is not of deeds, achievement, great honour; just that indefinable something that has no other name in our language, but spirit…”
RM was a man of unique character and perseverance who desired everything the world could teach him.
He was out camping in the bush only weeks before his passing at the age of 95.
He strived for adventure and excellence in his life – a true hero.
From poet to bushman to entrepreneur, he lived his life by his own terms.
He wasn’t held back by doubt or indecision. He decided on the experiences he would have, and this determination shaped his life and the world around him.
As tribute to this great man, The Tailor and R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine have put together an exclusive and exceptional experience, just for you.
It’s an opportunity for you to live those same adventures you imagined, see the real outback and walk in RM’s footsteps, visiting the important places from RM’s life, and meeting the people and experiencing the culture and in both comfort and style.