by Judy Robinson
Bushman of the Red Heart celebrates not only Ben, but also his parents Liz and Sam Nicker and their work in Central Australia from the Arltunga Goldfields in 1903 to Ryan’s Well/Glen Maggie from 1914-1930. In 1923 fifteen year old Ben crossed the Tanami Desert solo.
In the 1930s Ben took his team of camels and guided Michael Terry’s expeditions in a triumph of bushmanship through the barren lands where Gibson and then Lasseter perished. In Word War II Ben met a hero’s death in the campaign in Greece.