Author(s): Terry Underwood
"In the Middle of Nowhereis a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle. Terry met John at St Vincents Hospital, where she was training to be a nurse and he was recuperating from a horse-riding accident. They wrote love letters to each other for five years before marrying. Terry's new home on the huge pastoral lease of Riveren consisted of a tent and a newly drilled bore. The newlyweds literally built their station from scratch, brick by brick, and raised and educated their four children on the station. In the Middle of Nowhereis a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle. It is a story told with warmth and a knowledge of the bush, its people, and the issues facing the Northern Territory of Australia today."
Wife, mother, cattlewoman, nurse, bookkeeper, cook, gardener, photographer and counsellor: these are just some of the roles TERRY UNDERWOOD juggles each day at Riveren Station, which is situated on the headwaters of the Victoria River, 600 kilometres south-west of Katherine. Terry has been a winner of the Northern Territory Telstra Businesswomen's Business Owner of the Year, and a Northern Territory Rural Woman of the Year finalist. She has held positions on the Isolated Children's and Parents' Association, Katherine School of the Air Associates and Council, the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association and the Northern Territory University Council. In 1998 she was a delegate to the second International Conference on Women in Agriculture in Washington D.C. Her first book, the bestseller IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, was published in 1998. Terry lives on Riveren Station with her husband, John, son Michael and assorted animals.