Tricia along with her siblings spent their formative years at Hughenden and then Mt Isa and Charleville. Their love of the bush was taught to them by their father and mother (who is a 5th generation bush woman herself). Being reared on a remote cattle station with mostly their siblings and the kids of the family whose father worked in the mustering camp for company, has caused their family a deep appreciation for the bush culture and traditions.
Tricia has a background in retail, and this has helped to fuel the momentum to starting “The Bush Store”. Tricia had her own clothing shop in Charleville for some years after leaving school called “Country Classics”.
Tricia along with her husband and three daughters (two of whom – Zara and Skye) are now part of The Bush Store, have a wool and cattle operation at Wyandra. Tricia is the founder of the Bush Kids Facebook page and has a keen interest in promoting the bush culture and helping to provide links between the city and country as she recognises that there is a great divide between the two worlds. Tricia is a keen amateur photographer who also a regular contributor to the Rural Weekly newspaper.
Zara left boarding school after year 12, and decided to come home and help her family out for her “gap” year. As most of Queensland was in very dry times along with the family property, she spent her days feeding livestock, fencing – lots of fencing, mustering as well as the regular station hand jobs. Zara tried a stint in the big smoke at university, but found her love of the land too strong and came back to the property to work with her family who were still going through dry times. Zara is a very keen bush woman who is keen to experience more of the Australian outback. Zara recognises the importance of platforms such as The Bush Store, to give voice to the bush culture as there is very strong messaging through much of The Bush Store merchandise, which is constantly evolving and changing.
Skye has only recently left school and is doing her “gap” year helping on the family property feeding animals -lots of animals, mustering, fencing – not so keen on this as well as another station activity that needs to be attended to. Skye has a deep love for the land and values her bush heritage. She has been a hands-on-helper with the Store since its inception and is learning about retail through this family venture.