Today we have pottered around Boulia. The Stonehouse Museum had heaps of things to see, organised into different categories. The Stonehouse itself had things I’d never seen before and others which brought back memories, like the commode. That reminded me of staying with my Nana in the long, long ago, she had a commode in her bedroom. The first image is of a “bell” used to let everyone know it’s “Smoko” time.
A shed held old implements, tools and accessories many related to horses or camels.
Another area was related to technology ranging from pedal radios to a telephone exchange where the telephonist had to connect callers by plug in cables. Of particular interest was the radio setup used by children having School of the Air, the timetable included “Smoko” rather than “recess”.
The biggest eye opener for me were the fossils, instead of little pieces there were almost entire skeletons of weird creatures. The ancient dolphin with it’s scary teeth was especially impressive.
When we were in Boulia about 20 years ago I was fascinated by the “mushroom” rocks with their rounded tops and I hoped this time I’d be able to find some. Unfortunately today I discovered that the area where they’re found is about 2 ½ hours drive from here and the turnoff is back at Hamilton Hotel ruins where we were yesterday! Maybe we’ll be back again sometime and we can go and find some.
I revisited the “old blokes” sitting on the verandah in the Min Min Centre and we also checked out the Waddi Tree. There’s an Animal Rescue place in Boulia which has kangaroo Joeys and Alpacas.
The Caravan Park is beside the Burke River and we’re lucky to have a site overlooking it. Although there haven’t been as many creatures as I expected coming to drink from the river, I have seen a few birds.