It's official. We are now beyond the Black Stump. As it turns out there is actually a specific black stump, not just any old one. The surveyors used the black stump to set up their theodolites on, as it was more solid than their tripod. The black stump was used to work out the distances for the towns.
The real stump was eventually burnt, but has been replaced with a petrified stump. However, the Coolabah tree depicted at the time is still in what is now the Blackall School grounds.
I've gotten ahead of myself. Our first point of call this morning was a walk along the Coolabah Walk on Tambo to the Quantas crash site. Their squeaky clean record was tarnished in 1927 when the pilot mistook the rugby field for the airport runway. He and his two passengers perished.
We took a stroll by the Dam. It used to be the towns water supply, but let the town down in drought.
We wandered the town. Which phone was your earliest memory of a working phone? Mine was the big heavy black one. Tambo didn't get an automated phone system until 1984. The town was also a repeater station for the telegraph system.
We loved this wee town with its green grass and the fragrance of the roses wafting up as we walked by.
The towns fire engine with its white wall tyres had been beautifully restored. Equally interesting is the building it's housed in.
Art Gallery to Teddies
No photography is allowed in the art gallery. I was totally taken with a display of a home like no other. Lovingly created by an artistic couple. I'm saying no more except it really is worth a visit and sit down on the sofa. The story that's told is beautiful.
Famous worldwide, are Tambo teddies. I was originally interested in purchasing a bear. Yes they are special and unique bears and really worth a look, but I couldn't justify spending over a hundy on a soft cuddly bear.
Time to move on to Blackall and the celebration of an Australia hero, VC and Military Cross for battles fought in Belgium and France.
In 2008, a nine year old boy wrote an essay that was published in the local paper. He asked why Blackall's famous hero wasn't recognised in his home town. This sparked a fund raiser and on 24 April 2009 the bronze statue was unveiled.
Blackalls other famous identity is Jack Howe from a time when Australia grew over 100 million sheep and had around 60,000 shearers. It was Jack Howe who set the record for blade shearing 340 sheep in seven hours and forty minutes. This was from an era when sheep had to be carried onto the board.
There's a 72 hour free park behind Blackall but it was more crowded than crows around a kangaroo carcass, so we slipped out of town to Douglas creek for the night.
When we pulled over during the day for lunch, the temperature rose to 37C. In the breeze it's a more bearable 31C.
There's no doubt about it. We are truly beginning to experience the Outback. I hope you're enjoying the road trip with us.
Weve been finding cellphone cover grest in town, but it fluctuates in between, in the places we are camping from little to no cover. It kept dropping my post. So fingers crossed third time lucky.
Two Kiwi's who have retired early to travel the world. Share our journey with us.