The Rainbow Beach Man is the fascinating story of Les Ridegeway, Worimi Elder, and his struggle against adversity and racial discrimination. The eldest of a family of eight, he grew up in straightened circumstances on Reserves, leaving the Aboriginal School at fourteen and becoming a farm labourer. In 1961 his life changed direction when he became Assistant Manager of the remote Murrin Bridge Aboriginal Station. From there he gained other positions as managers on stations and travelled by car and caravan all over New South Wales. His career highlight came when he was recruited by Charles Perkins as a significant part of the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs. This is his fascinating life story of tragedies and triumphs.
John Ramsland OAM, FACE, is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle. He has written over ten books including: Children of the Backlanes (1986); With Just but Relentless Discipline (1996); Maitland Gaol 1844-1998 (2001); The Gallop- ing Seahorse (2004) and Brave and Bold. Manly Village Public School 1858-2008 (2008), which won the NSW Writers Centre 2008 Openbook Prize for Non-Fiction. He lives in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.