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Eric Facey 3 episodes, Anthony Richards Sep 23, Vincent rated it really liked it. This story takes us on a journey of Albert Barnett Facey’s life. It opened my eyes to how hard life had been for earlier generations in Australia. Badly injured at Gallipolihe suffered severe problems which were later the cause of his death. Apr lfe, Tracey rated it it was amazing Shelves: His having been instilled with integrity and determination by the facwy he remained devoted to until her death atBert’s wits and character carried him through many amazing adventures and abuses around post-colonial Western Australia, in which he learned all there is to know about horseriding, shooting, sheep- and pig-rearing, wheat farming, housebuilding and bushcraft, until WW1, whereupon, as a strapping six-footer and amateur sideshow boxing champion, he enlisted and was landed at Gallipoli, which he survived for many forfunate until, faacey injured, he was sent home, his destiny forever changed.

Given our friendship, however, I resolved to give it a try. Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write.

A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey

Abandoned by his mother at the tender age of two, Albert Facey lived with some of his siblings and his grandparents in Victoria until when his Grandma decided to fcaey them all to Perth in Western Australia where they would reunite with family.


It was narrated by Bill Kerr and featured many well known Australian actors.

For example, he is virtually kidnapped and forced to work for a gang of thieves who made it q habit of getting blind drunk each Christmas and fighting amongst themselves until the drink renders them unconscious. The mini-series stays true to the form of the book: His commentary on the horror at Gallipoli will lief with me for a long time. This book was given me by a woman of Italian ancestry who was raised in Australia. Edit Cast Series cast summary: But this book works stunningly well in audio.

When his grandmother became a widow, and with no such thing as welfare, she did the only smart thing and emigrated to Western Australia to be with the extended family. The failure of Gallipoli is due to the fact that the British Army had recorded the coast inaccurately and therefore we the AIF departed at the wrong area of the coast.

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But he also had good moments – he persevered and seemed to understand how important education was in order to for him get ahead. The people he encounters do what they must to survive and while some of them people treat Facey with compassion, others seek to take advantage of him.

He died innine months after A Fortunate Life had been published to wide acclaim. He then had the manuscript typed up and sent it to Fremantle Arts Centre Pressrequesting that twenty copies be printed and bound for family members and friends. Born inand first sent to work at the age of eight, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, and meeting his beloved Evelyn with whom he shared nearly sixty years of marriage.


It covers in detail an almost Dickensian childhood of poverty and enslavement across southern and western Australia from around the turn of the 20th century. His wife died in Like Facey, Paul was the kind of man who could live off the land, build his own house and fix virtually anything. Sep 08, Daniel Jon Kershaw rated it really liked it. Mr Facey was not an author. His father having died, his mother abandoned him and most of his siblings in early childhood, leaving them in the care of a widowed grandmother who took them to what was then a rather wild and underpopulated area in western Australia.

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Dominic Sweeney Nikki Coghill. Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area. Gorgeous and immersive, this little treasure about the importance of kindness and friendship was a powerful book to read in the lead up to the year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.

Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his cortunate as a fortunate one.

Firtunate are amazingly generous people, often complete strangers, and then you have those villains – those that exploit others, and those that are put into untenable places, such as Facey’s mother.