Archive for October, 2008

Week 9….Sunshine State…

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Queensland Border to Thargomindah.

A quick update on my progress…on Friday 26th September I walked 44 kilometers and as the light began to fade I reached the Dog Fence marking the New South Wales-Queensland border. I hopped over the locked gate into the Sunshine State – it was sunny too, 36°C which is not bad for September. Unfortunately there’s no ‘Welcome to Queensland’ signs at this gate (and no road either for that matter) but it is still good to be in Queensland.

Queensland was officially declared a separate colony on Saturday 10 December 1859, when the new Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, read out Queen Victoria’s proclamation at Government House in Adelaide Street, Brisbane. 330 days later Burke crossed into the new colony; there were no welcome signs for him either, although he didn’t have to vault over the Vermin Proof Fence.

In fact the border wasn’t surveyed until John Brewer Cameron got here in 1879 but the colony’s southern border had been set as the parallel of 29º of south latitude back in November 1856, so Wills knew they were approaching Queensland. The previous night he commented on the excellent circum-meridian altitudes he managed to take at midnight when the clouds cleared from the sky. His latitude calculations put them 7 miles and 74 chains south of the new colony, but Wills makes no comments in his field-book on leaving New South Wales or crossing the border.

I celebrated my return to Queensland in the traditional fashion…..

Week 8

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Altoka to Queensland.

Week 7.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Mutawintji to Altoka.

Week 6.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Menindee to the Barrier Highway.

Week 5.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Pooncarie to Menindee.

Week 4.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Sunday 24th August.