Our first little expedition today had to be to the “Michelangelo Exhibition”. Why? Because of the sheer insanity of being in a small mining town at least a thousand kms from the nearest big population centre where survival seems to be the first priority and Renaissance art a totally alien concept.
Second excursion for the day was to Lake Maryanne created when a wall was built damming the river. It’s a recreation area and also seems to be a place people abandon domestic fowls. Who knows where the Peacocks came from?
After the lake we went to see the display at the Mine Battery. I found the photos and displays really interesting because there were lots of personal stories. In 1925 a linesman working on the Overland Telegraph Line found gold in the ranges and along with a couple of pastoralists, one a woman, he staked the first claim. Lack of water made things very difficult and it wasn’t until the 30s when the government decided it was worth setting up a town and providing bores and basic services that Australia’s last gold rush really started.
Tomorrow we leave Tennant Creek and continue south, probably to Aileron and once again expect to be out of internet range.