Hard work and dedication have seen Beefwood Park, in WA’s Kimberley, blossom in the hands of Danny Webb-Smith.
Story & photos by John Denman
Danny Webb-Smith has always held the belief that if you want something badly enough, and are prepared to work hard, you will win through. After years of work in the bush he never lost sight of his ultimate aim, and Western Australia’s Kimberley country provided him with the means of achieving it. “When I came to the Kimberleys in 1990 it was still pretty much frontier country,” he says, looking across the drafting yards on Beefwood Park, some 100 kilometres south-east of Fitzroy Crossing. “The sort of place a battler could still have a go in; it’s always going to be an easy place to come unstuck though.”
The son of a German immigrant, Danny and his family moved to Alice Springs for the dry climate. His father was a multi-skilled man, and built the Tennant Creek power house in the 1940s, and another in Alice Springs in the 1950s. He was also a competent blacksmith, a skill he passed onto his son, and something that Danny has found handy over the years. In the meantime, young Danny became increasingly passionate about horses, cattle and the land.
This story excerpt is from Issue #45
Outback Magazine: Feb/Mar 2006