books - `dark emu'

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books - `dark emu'

`DARK EMU'... a book by Bruce Pascoe

One of the surprises of our travels has been the discovery of the Aboriginal Brewarrina fishtraps on the Darling River in New South Wales. These are considered by some to be the oldest stone structures known to man. We know so little of our first Australians.

On the evening of July 20 2017 we were lucky to meet Fiona and Doc from Newcastle, ironically at Outback Queensland's `Combo Waterhole'... part of the Old Dagworth Station and possibly one of white Australia's most `sacred' sites, being the spot where Banjo Paterson was inspired to pen `Waltzing Matilda'.

And it is Fiona and Doc who we thank for telling us of this stunning, but often depressing book of opportunities lost - a volume that highlights possibly the cruelest cut of all dealt to the Aboriginal nations of this country, a book that includes verified quotes of the early white explorers themselves...  that cruelest cut being the newcomers' insistence that the first people here were simply `hunter gatherers' and of no worth as a civilization - despite the evidence, a blatant denial of any pre-European agriculture, building or animal husbandry.

... That humiliating ongoing denial being heaped on top of the already well-documented inhumane treatment to Aboriginal nations including murder, kidnapping and genocide.

Pascoe has set out to correct all that we as whites have been taught, and it does make for an enlightening read.

 

 

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equipment - `hi-lift jack'

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equipment - `hi-lift jack'

With so many carrying one, but never actually using it, the HI-LIFT JACK has been described as "an expensive piece of furniture".

But after listening to the different opinions, yes, this could be a dangerous piece of kit and should be treated with the respect it deserves. It has however been proven invaluable on at least 2-occasions when in difficult and isolated locations.

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websites - `beadell tours'

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websites - `beadell tours'

When preparing for this extended trip, the differing information out there was at times overwhelming, the BEADELL TOURS site proving a valuable resource for Outback tips.

Regarding the old chestnuts of tyre pressures and split rims for example - and after several discussions with Mick Hutton of Beadell's (thanks Mick) - these are our own preferred pressures and speeds for our fully-loaded Troopy, having kept the original factory 16" split rim and tubed skinnies...

Sealed Road 90-105kmHr = 50 front/65 rear (psi)

Good Outback Bush/gravel 60-90kmHr = 35/45psi

Poor Outback Bush/gravel 20-60kmHr = 25/35psi

Dune/Sand country = 15/20psi

Very soft sand = 5/8psi

I must say though, that being on split rims, I'm apprehensive about those lowest pressures, and at the time of writing have not yet dared deflate to 5/8psi... and am not 'planning' to do so.

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