Hello to all at Canowindra hope all are well as we are.
First just backtrack to the history HMAS Sydney 11 memorial at Geraldton which remembers the sinking of the ship by the German ship Kormoran in November 1941.
The central point is a dome with 645 seagulls on it representing each soul lost at sea. A pool of remembrance marking final position, a wall with all names listed and a statue of a lady looking out to sea seeking those lost at sea.
A short stay at port town Dampier home of the Red Dog made famous in books and movie. We then arrived at Port Hedland for a week’s stay. Port Hedland has everything big, especially the ports which cater for large ships loading iron ore. Very big long trains carrying ore and big quad road trains. At the jetty we counted 25 ships lying in wait to load.
We travelled on to Marble Bar, the hottest town in Australia. We visited an old goldmine site and the Marble Bar Pool which you can see not marble but that it is actually a mineral called Jasper. Had a drink at the famous Marble Bar Iron Clad Pub. A lot of old history there.
Onward to Broome, we have been here a couple of weeks and again a port town with ships in and out, a lot of Ammonium Nitrate comes in here for use in explosives in the mining industry also some medium size cruise ships. Big tidal movements here from 1 metre to 9.7 metres making fishing a bit awkward but we are having a go. Here for another week and yet to visit the local history museum and view the big planes at the airport which also hosts a fleet of border security helicopters.
Until next time…
Allan and Debbie Symons