The Long Road to Broome
The Long Road To Broome is one of those larger than life stories written by a man who has lived the kind of life every man aspires to but few achieve. The blonde-haired boy from Mooloolaba whose two passions in life are the sea and pearls, turned a zoology degree into a passport to travel the world, where more through good luck and an incredible sense of timing than good management, lived and worked in some of the wildest, most remote and dangerous locations on earth.
Bill Reed’s passion for pearls took him to the wilds of post-war New Guinea and then on to The Sudan where he dived and farmed pearl oysters in the Red Sea. When he had to leave the Sudan in a hurry after the Six Day War his next posting, again with FAO of the United Nations, was to Northern Nigeria where he catalogued the fish and fisheries of the Niger and Benue Rivers travelling these remote places in giant dugout canoes. From there it was off to Tehran where he worked for the sister of The Shah of Iran and then on to Tahiti and his own pearl farm before returning to Australia to settle in Broome where he was to play a major role in the resurgence of the pioneer town’s pearling industry.
With such a full and adventure-filled life, it was inevitable that he put pen to paper to record his incredible journey along his long road to Broome.
There’s never a dull moment as Bill recalls the characters and places he has encountered with amazing clarity and more than a little humour and hilarity!