In my last post I left off as we were entering the town of Cunnamulla in South West Queensland. It's a pretty little town which was once the centre of a thriving agricultural area, but like a lot of outback towns is in decline. The purpose of this visit (and Charleville too) was to find out more (and we did!)about 3 Carter brothers, Charles, Joseph & Dipper Carter, who settled here in the late1880s.
|The Cunnamulla Fella|
I went to the Uniting Church in Cunnamulla on Sunday before we left there. The Anglican and Uniting Churches have combined forces and two services per month are held in each church. The minister was telling us about his 2 week trip to the outlying stations in his parish (he has 400). This time he went north west almost to the border of the Northern Territory conducting baptisms, weddings and services at each of the stations along his route.
Charleville was much bigger. On our first afternoon, we wandered around the Graham Andrews Parklands. We were treated to an amazing areal display of about a dozen Black Kites, dancing, swooping and weaving in the sky just above our heads. Absolutely awesome!
|Two of the Kites|
This flock of geese came flying in while we were there. A total circus when the kids arrived to feed them.
We paid a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and watched a plane set off for one of the regular clinics the service conducts in outback regions.
I'd been to the RFDS centre in Broken Hill years ago. One of the displays shows the medical kit which most outlying stations have. When someone is ill, they call the RFDS and a diagnosis is made via radio and witht he aid of the charts etc. in the kit. Then the patient is instructed on which of the medications to use. If necessary, a plane is dispatched to collect the patient to be taken to the nearest hospital, usually hundreds of kilometres away. The centre really gives you a feel for the isolation of some of the outback stations.
This building also housed the School of the Air until recently.
|School of the Air was run from this desk|
I found this sewing machine fascinating.
Another attraction is the Bilby Centre. Bilbies are very cute; they are small, desert dwelling, nocturnal marsupials and are an endangered species. You can read up on them here (and make a donation too if you wish). I took a heap of photos, but in the dark the flashless photos through glass are poor quality. This one is one of the best ones.
|Look at the detail in this model of a Pit Saw|
In the grounds of the museum stands a rare example of a hut made from kerosene tins. Although they were quite common during the Depression years most have either been demolished or they've rusted away.
|Hut made from Kerosene tins, Morven, Qld|
If you look closely the you can make out the name of the manufacturer on some of the tins. They are Spartan inside, and the best you can say for it is that it would keep the weather out (if there were no holes in the tin!)
|Interior of the kerosene tin hut.|
Leaving the museum, I spied these fellows in a tree. They are Apostle Birds, commonly called "Lousy Jacks". Aren't they cute all clumped together? You can find out a bit more about them here including a link to sound tracks of their call, which is a strange, raucous chattering.
We drove along it for a short way, but then turned around to head for Bell. And that is where I'll finish off this post.