Sunday, 10 November 2013

Still More of Wagga Region Tour in 1990s

Here Charlie is telling us an incredible story about a place called Murdering Island
in the Murrumbidgee River - a major tributary of the Murray River.
The recorded story says that aboriginals were shot there by early settlers
to keep them away from farming land settlers wanted by the Murrumbidgee.
(One official story is HERE)
But Charlie's story said most were driven there and also died of starvation.
They were only shot if they tried to escape - and many did try.

A view of the Murrumbidgee River near where Charlie was telling his story.
It was next to impossible to photograph the island because it just seemed to blend into the other river bank.
Charlie said that the river level was higher and it flowed faster in early colonial days.

And all the while a large herd of cattle quietly watched us.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

More of Wagga Region Tour 1990s

Charlie, our amazing aboriginal, guide took us to this fascinating area.
I believe it was an area called Coolamon but still in the Wagga region.
Once this was a lake.
But this day there were pockets of water on what looked like a huge plain.
The little pegs in the ground behind the student mark middens.
We found many odd artefacts but we were warned not to handle them and to be careful where we walked.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Wagga Region Tour in the 1990s

In the 1990s, when I was teaching in New South Wales,
another teacher - Susan McCarthy - and I took a small group of Aboriginal Studies students
to Wagga for a field trip.
Our guide was a Wiradjuri aboriginal based in Wagga.
His name was Charlie.
He took us round the Wagga region to areas used by the aboriginal people in past times.
One was this amazing tree - carefully carved to make a canoe by the Murrumbidgee River.

Charlie took the first photo for us and, in the above photo, he appears on the far right.
All he asked for payment was to be collected in our mini bus and to be given lunch.
At first, the girls only agreed to the trip because "they had nothing better to do" for the holidays.
By the end of the journey, they were excited about all the special places Charlie had shown them.
They said it was an unforgettable memory for them.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Echo Point in the 1990's

Walkway at Echo Point, overlooking the Jamieson Valley in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Views of the Three Sisters at Echo Point

Extensive, scenic Jamieson Valley

Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Carrington in the 1990's

The Carrington in Katoomba, New South Wales opened in 1883 as The Great Western.
It was renamed in 1886 as The Carrington after the Governor of NSW, Lord Carrington.

Until the 1960's, it was a premier tourist resort in the Blue Mountains.
By the 1970's, the Blue Mountains became less popular as a holiday destination
and The Carrington closed in 1985.

After 8 years of restoration, it re-opened in December 1998.

These photos represent The Carrington in those waiting years.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

many many years ago...

31.12.50 - when I was just 1 year old.

My Dad
I was 6 months old in the photo

My mother's mother Ruth on the left at age 18 and her mother ("Mowa" to my mother) on the right.

My mother