Cashbook and Claypan
Birdsville or Bust
East From Oodna
Alive in the Dead Heart
B-line for Birdsville
Central Australian Oasis
CGG's Desert Assault Begins at Dalhousie
Mt Dare Welcomes the CGG Crew
"Met shooting truck on site where they have fifteen holes drilled to sixty feet. Some have salt water, no good water so far."
DC3 Charter from Brisbane Touches Down
"Two DC3s, one ex-Adelaide and one from Brisbane landed afternoon with 36 CGG men on board. They left for camp soon after, taking with them 360lbs beef. DC3 crew Airlines of South Australia here for afternoon tea. Air hostess and two pilots of TAA DC3 stayed overnight; particularly nice lot ...."
CGG's Camp on Spring Creek
Rex Lowe and the entire CGG party were unaware of a relationship that had its first moments on that most eventful of occasions. The Chef de Mission Bernard Finzi, was eventually to wed the hostie he met on the TAA charter that July day in 1963.
Dalhousie is a Desert Surprise
Jack Murray was notorious for his habit of roaring through a sleepy village while on one of his long endurance drives around the country and waking up the population by throwing a stick of gelignite in their midst. Perhaps it was due to his appreciation of contrast ; his drive to make change, that he saw great merit in opposites. He took quiet delight that he was one of the few Australians to visit the only stands of timeless waddy trees on either side of the Simpson. One was on the easterly side at Andado and the other above Birdsville on the western edge.
Magic Springs of Dalhousie
"They're bottomless, you know. The Springs are bottomless. They have tried to plumb the bottom and they have given up."
Writer Frank Clune believed they'd one day be developed into a luxury holiday resort and he was joined by many other worthies promoting the same sentiments but it is most unlikely to eventuate now as the whole area is a proclaimed national park.
Dalhousie Ruins Circa 1963
Reg Sprigg once hinted to me with some small mystery in the air that his family had held Dalhousie 'around the turn of the century' and although I persisted I could not elicit further comment from Reg on the subject. Kidman was just beginning his run of South Australian investments of the 1880's and had secured Macumba and the nearby Yeramunga lease, yet the records fail to show Sidney Kidman had made a successful play for Dalhousie, nor is the Sprigg name evident at all on pastoral maps. It seems the Sandfords were still in occupation up until 1900 unless Reg was referring to his forebears having management of the lease.
The Ruins Thirty Years Later
When did the demise of Dalhousie occur? and how could it happen with good permanent water at hand? Well, the same thing happened with Annandale on the Eyre Creek on the other side of the desert, so close to copious Kaliduwarry. Annandale went down in the decade of the World War (1911-1920) when beef production was a distant second to wool and its other staple, lamb. Loss of manpower might have been felt more severely on the most remote family properties, considering their supply and distribution handicap as the Afghan transport influence with camels also subsided.
There was a clear gap in services as one ran down and the other method got organised. The motor truck had not yet been handed the baton for pioneers like Tom Kruse to run with from the roaring twenties on.
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Simpson Desert Sector
||Thommo's Desert Report||The BeeGees Page|
|Coles Express Picks On a Pensioner||The Kid From Towra Point|
|Bulldozing a Desert||Trans National Causeway|
|Signwriter for the Simpson||The Long Haul|
|Simpson Desert Birdlife||French Line Circa 1979|
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