From the Principal’s desk
Mr Mottershead and I have travelled a long way since my last blog when we were in Streaky Bay in South Australia. This is a photo of our camp site in Peterborough, SA. It is very dry in Peterborough as they are in the middle of a drought.
We are now in Longreach in Queensland and spent the day at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame yesterday. It is a fascinating place that celebrates the pioneers of the outback and how the early European settlers started in Australia. The pictures below show a meat safe, which was used before fridges were invented. There is also a picture of Mr Mottershead in a Royal Flying Doctor plane. These planes take medical crews out to remote places when people need help. There is also a picture of Lachie Crossor. Lachie is a stockman/cowboy and very good at riding. As you can see he is standing on his horse!
The photo below is of an early settlers house in Longreach in the next picture I am being very careful to keep my toes away from the steer!!!
Before we got to Longreach we visited a lot of very interesting places. We have been to see the art of some iconic Australian artists including the Pro Hart gallery in Broken Hill. Broken Hill is a mining town where BHP started and Pro Hart is a very well-known artist of the outback. In the court yard of the gallery is a Rolls Royce Pro Hart painted to celebrate the year 2000. When we were at Broken Hill we stayed in Silverton which is where the Mad Max 2 movie was filmed. Mr Mottershead was very excited about that.
We also went to the Margaret Olley Art Centre in the Tweed Valley. Margaret Olley is one of Australia’s most famous artists and the Tweed Valley is a very beautiful place in the Great Dividing Range in NSW. In the Art Centre is a complete replica of Margaret Olley’s house. She was obviously a very creative person who did not care much for house work. It was amazing to look through the windows into her house as it would have been.
Mr Mottershead and I spent Easter with some of Mr Mottershead’s family in Newcastle.
We parked our camper van in the back of his cousin’s coffee shop and had a wonderful time catching up with lots of people. Luckily the coffee shop was closed over Easter so our camp site was quite private. Newcastle has the most beautiful beaches and lots of people were surfing while we were there. It also has a lot of industry around coal and steel.
After Newcastle we travelled to Pottsville and stayed with friends. Pottsville is another beautiful coastal town in NSW. We travelled from NSW to Queensland and caught up with our eldest daughter and her husband. It was Jack’s 30th birthday party so we had a lot of fun in Gladstone with Gabbi and Jack’s friends and family.
After a few days with Gabbi we travelled to Longreach. Today we are going to the QANTAS Founders Museum. I will tell you all about it in my next post.
I hope the term has started well for you all and that you had a wonderful break over the school holidays.