National Geographic : 1986 Jan
On Assignment COVERBY NGSPHOTOGRAPHERWINFIELD PARKS BY DAVIDROBERTAUSTEN (ABOVE) ANDVICTORIAAUSTEN (BELOW) LOOKING UP some old friends of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC while shooting a story on Queensland, contract photographer David Robert Austen and his wife and assistant, Victoria, learned of a tragedy. On their cattle station of King Junction, 60 miles by road from their nearest neighbors, Raymond and Jill Pig gott and their three-year-old daughter, Linda, had appeared on our November 1968 cover (above). Ten years later, Linda died in an acci dent. Soon after, the family moved to Moun tain View (above right), their new station near Tolgaon the east coast, partly to give sons Jim my, 15, far left, and Alan, 23, the benefits of a less isolated life. But the bedrock of their life is still the same. "You get only what you work for," says Raymond. After working for 11 years in Australia, American-born, Sydney-based Austen (right) has learned to improvise; at Kamaran Station he borrows the owner's pet steer for a tripod. For his fourth GEOGRAPHIC article, he spent two months in Queensland, spanning formi dable reaches in the outback, as did staff writ er William S. Ellis. "There's a real sense of adventure, as if you're the first person ever to be in some of these places," says Ellis, a 19 year GEOGRAPHIC veteran.