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The "creek" itself holds a particular interest for me as it was there in the late 60's, where the Stuart Highway crosses the creek,
that Janette and I with our four kids camped by the roadside and set up a display of our paintings to fund our trip back to Melbourne.

For at least 6 months of the year the creek is just a dry watercourse located about 1,000kms (620mi) south of Darwin.
Janette produced some wonderful conte drawings of indigenous Australians while I did a series of watercolour sketches of the telegraph station,
the Lone Star Mine, and one of the creek itself, The Last Waterhole, which to this day remains exactly as it was fifty years ago.
During that brief period in my life I was more into painting than photography -
but artists, a la La Boheme, have a history of starving in cold draughty garrets!

The town itself lies 12kms south of the watercourse and at one point I can recall us being so broke
that we had just enough petrol and cash to drive into town to buy potatoes and cabbage for tea

Fortunately, the following day we sold lots of paintings so we broke camp and headed to town
for a slap up meal all round before heading south to The Alice.

THE LAST WATERHOLE

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The watercourse as it is in the dry season when no rain and 40'C temperatures soak up the water.

THE LONE STAR MINE (1967)


Here are two more Overland Telegraph Stations, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek,
links in the chain that connected Australia and Great Britain at the end of the 19th century until 1935.
There were four telegraph stations between Adelaide and Darwin, the first was located at Port Augusta in South Australia.

THE ALICE SPRINGS STATION
1.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station at the heart of the country was larger than its Overland counterparts and its heritage values have been carefully preserved.
2.

THE TENNANT CREEK STATION
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During the 70's I did paintings of both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek stations and sold them to fund an extended tour of Oz with Janette and the kids.
4.
The Tennant Creek Station is in my opinion the most interesting of the four
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Another interesting link if you wish to know more - FLINDERS RANGES RESEARCH
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For those interested in the history, here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:

The 3200 km Australian Overland Telegraph Line that connected Darwin with Port Augusta in South Australia was completed in 1872.
It allowed fast communication between Australia and the rest of the world.

Competition between the colonies over the route that the telegraph line would take was fierce.
The Victorian government organised an expedition led by Burke and Wills to cross the continent from Menindee to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1860, which ended in disaster.
The South Australian government recognised the economic benefits of becoming the centre of the telegraph network.
It offered a reward of £2000 to encourage an expedition to find a route between South Australia and the north coast.
John McDouall Stuart had meanwhile also been endeavouring to cross the continent starting from the northern Flinders Ranges, and was successful on his sixth attempt in 1862.
Stuart had the proposed telegraph line in mind as he travelled across the desert, noting the best places for river crossings, sources of timber for telegraph poles, and water supplies.
His employer and sponsor, South Australian Governor Richard MacDonnell gave his strong support to the project. (Clearly a case of collusion between two Scottish kinsmen! )
The telegraph line would comprise more than 30,000 wrought iron poles, insulators, batteries, wire and other equipment, ordered from England.
The poles were placed 80 m apart and repeater stations built every 250 km.

On Thursday, 22 August 1872, Charles Todd, South Australian Director of Telegraphs, was given the honour of sending the first message along the completed line:
WE HAVE THIS DAY, WITHIN TWO YEARS, COMPLETED A LINE OF COMMUNICATIONS TWO THOUSAND MILES LONG
THROUGH THE VERY CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA, UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO A TERRA INCOGNITA BELIEVED TO BE A DESERT
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Interesting story and photos. Thanks for sharing the journey.
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Thanks for the pictures and the commentary. They give a fine sense of the places. I especially liked the parts about making paintings and drawings to fund the trip back then.

Such was our rig, our family, and our mode of transport back then, OldListener


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I've heard of Alice Springs before, nice to see what it looks like. Very nice looking shots...
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Thanks gehutch, The Alice lies right at the dead centre of Oz, a town you gotta see to believe. Hope you can pay us a visit someday.

We celebrated our youngest daughter's 12th "way out back of beyond" (Boonies!)

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Thanks for the pictures and the commentary. They give a fine sense of the places. I especially liked the parts about making paintings and drawings to fund the trip back then.
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Thanks for the pictures and the commentary. They give a fine sense of the places. I especially liked the parts about making paintings and drawings to fund the trip back then.

Such was our rig, our family, and our mode of transport back then, OldListener
We travelled around Oz with our four kids for a year like this - tough fun if you will!
(see pages from the family album above)
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Love your old family pictures, Mark.
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Thanks Claire - and so do I as it happens.

For us they are the best and most treasured I've ever taken!


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