Category Archives: Australia2

Years 1965 to 1967, interval between Bougainville exploration projects

Henley-on-Todd regatta in Alice Springs

Having some business in Alice Springs, I drove from Home of Bullion to the Alice during their annual Henley-on-Todd sailing and rowing regatta to get some pictures. The Todd river passes through the Alice, but it only flows during heavy … Continue reading

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The sergeant shot the horses

After the rain ended and we got back to exploring, I discovered that the geophysical results seemed odd.  Repeating some of the traverses, I found that the results were different from the first runs.  The ground had to dry out … Continue reading

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It rained!

We pitched camp and began work, but after only a few days into the project, we got rain. We got LOTS of rain.  It rained for four days.  The whole countryside was flooded.   We were stranded.   At one point the … Continue reading

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From Top Springs to the Home of Bullion

With the Land Rover having a broken rear axle and the front wheel drive running in low range only, we left Top Springs for Tennant Creek, over 400 miles away. We left after dark. On the plus-side, we had fuel … Continue reading

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Josie swaps hatbands with me

We stopped at Top Springs to buy fuel.  Top Springs was a hut on the side of the track with two fuel pumps in front. First, we went inside to say hello to people and get beers for our tiredbodies … Continue reading

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Monster cattle drive, Wave Hill station

Moving further east, we came upon a cattle drive in progress.  Cattle were everywhere, as far as we could see ahead of us, and to the left and right.  To estimate the number of cattle would have been impossible.  There … Continue reading

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We go swimming in an earth tank

Moving down the dirt track, we came upon a windmill and an earth tank.  The tank was square, maybe 50 or 75 feet on a side, and filled with fresh, cool water. “OK, boys, let’s clean up!” With some of … Continue reading

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Chook has no sense of direction

People in Hall’s Creek had alerted us that the road east was in good shape until about halfway to the Northern Territory border, because the local station people maintained to service their wells and water tanks.  We did need to … Continue reading

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A wild bull doesn’t like my looks

The outback can be tough on equipment. The day after leaving Hall’s Creek, we were making good time moving east when the axle broke on the office/trailer that the Nissan was towing. Thankfully, it wasn’t a bearing.  The axle shaft … Continue reading

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Getting caught naked in the shower

The main highway goes north from Hall’s Creek, then west through Kununurra, before turning south again to join with the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.  We could save over 100 miles by following a track heading east.  We left … Continue reading

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