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The Lone Wolf Returns


Last of the old time prospectors: Sam Elliott learned his mining trade in the rugged mountains of northern New South Wales.  He also learned to live alone and to survive where other would die. In 1937 he saddled his two faithful horses and rode for eighteen months until he reached Cooktown in Far North Queensland.  When Sam found the Palmer River in 1939 he made it is home.  For the next half century he found adventure, mystery, the remains of a bygone era – and gold.  This is Sam Elliott’s story revisited and expanded to include the experiences of a lifetime and a gateway to the past.

Brilliantly written by John C. Hay and published just months before John passed away in 2017. John had a long association with Sam and his love of the Wild Irish Girl Mine and Battery on the Palmer.

John donated the whole production of books to the Cooktown Historical Society, and we are the sole distributors.

Book size  16.5 cm  x  24 cm –  328 pages.



  1. Tony

    A fascinating account of the life of Sam Elliott a bushman and gold miner of the Palmer River, north Queensland. As a young man, Sam travelled from northern NSW to the Palmer River. Even the account of his younger days prospecting for gold in northern NSW is extremely interesting. The book also provides many insights about the author John C Hay. John contributed greatly to the history of North Queensland. I highly recommend the book.

  2. Eleanora Ruble

    Hello. Thanks a lot! Excellent article.

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