Cowboy Dean to share his stories

A real-life former cowboy will share his tale at Adelaide Plains Library’s upcoming author event next month.

Dean Jamieson worked in outback stations in South Australia and the Northern Territory as a teenager until his early 20s and will be guest speaker at the Two Wells Bowling Club, on Tuesday 8 June from 1pm.

Jamieson was born in Adelaide in 1940 and his memoir, “They Called Me Lightning”, published in 2020, tells how he left school at sixteen to chase a childhood dream of becoming a real-life cowboy.

From attending Urrbrae High School in leafy suburban Adelaide to working on a remote outback station in the far north of South Australia, Dean’s adventures began the moment he stepped off the Old Ghan at Abminga in the middle of the night.

Mustering cattle on foot, chasing brumbies along the Birdsville Track and living off the land with Aboriginal people in the Simpson Desert are just a few of the many experiences recounted in the book.

Following his outback life, Dean worked in a variety of professions, as well as being a small business owner, with an antique shop in Glenelg.

Full of colourful characters and surprising challenges, and set against the harsh beauty of the Australian landscape, “They Call Me Lightning” is the entertaining tale of one man’s journey from boyhood to manhood in a time that no longer exists, but many people still remember.

Seats to this free event will go quickly, so get in early and book your spot by contacting the Two Wells Library during opening hours on 8520 2100 or

COVID-19 precautions and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the event runs in accordance with SA Health guidelines.

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