Toni Tapp Coutts grew up on Killarney Station, 270 kilometres south west of Katherine, and her memoirs recount her unique childhood growing up with larger than life figures like her father Bill and mother June. While her father Bill Tapp was a living out his dream to be a cattle king her mother June Tapp would have nine more children after Toni.
A Sunburnt Childhood – Growing Up in the Territory, recounts the many characters and events that shaped her early life and how these contributed to the diverse experiences she has enjoyed since leaving home. Toni’s is a fascinating story of a childhood spent stalking goannas, mustering and branding cattle and sleeping in a swag under the stars It’s about people from different worlds who came together in an ancient land, all trying to survive in their own way. It is about what happens when big dreams come true and the price that is paid for them.
If you have read the stories of Sara Henderson and Sheryl McCorry you will never forget Toni, her family, Killarney Station and the people who made it their home.
A Sunburnt Childhood will be released nationally at Easter by Hachette Australia and will be available in bookshops across Australia.