Life in the bush

Old Mar 5th 2016, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by ozzieeagle
There was a fantastic movie about life for women in the bush in the 50's last year, tounge in cheek but if gives you a bit of a flavour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPCyjqGH914

God I love Aussie movies, they are so bright and positive.... This one and Death in Brunswick kind of epitomise what I love about them.
That was one weird movie - everything following down the expected path till it took a total right turn into a whole other movie where little made sense.
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Originally Posted by Kim67
Neville Shute wrote A Town Like Alice about his experience in Changi.
It was a great book, and a great movie too. It's time I read the book again, from the library. (Just on a point of detail, though: Shute's story was set in mainland Malaya, if I recall - not Singapore. Was Joe the hero sent to Changi after being punished? You're more likely to be right than I am, but let me know, if you would.)

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing them.
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There was a thread several years ago...a lady wrote extensively about her life in Australia. Does anyone remember it...so I can post a link to the thread?
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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow
It was a great book, and a great movie too. It's time I read the book again, from the library. (Just on a point of detail, though: Shute's story was set in mainland Malaya, if I recall - not Singapore. Was Joe the hero sent to Changi after being punished? You're more likely to be right than I am, but let me know, if you would.)

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing them.
These links will give you a bit of background about the story.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringer_Edwards

E Q P l o g : Nevil Shute's Little-known Classic: A Town Like Alice
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Originally Posted by Kim67
And a couple more.

My Gran and Great Gran with my dad and his aunts picking wildflowers in Wiluna in the late 20's. My parents and brother on holidays in the big smoke (Perth in the 1950's), My Gran and Great Gran with a pet galah in Wiluna in the 20's, my sister and our friends at the Capricorn Roadhouse out of Newman in the 70's, my grandfathers family - typical Australian bush family, taken after WW! when my great grandfather came home - the youngest child in the photo became a prisoner of war in WWII and Neville Shute wrote A Town Like Alice about his experience in Changi.
Your Pop was Ringer Edwards? Wow! A true Aussie hero I read A Town Like Alice in my teens & it had a profound effect upon me. I read it again after we arrived here in 2002 as mum had a copy on the boat. I remembered reading something about the novel being based on true[ish] stories about the war. The name "Ringer" stuck with me for some reason.
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Your Pop was Ringer Edwards? Wow! A true Aussie hero I read A Town Like Alice in my teens & it had a profound effect upon me. I read it again after we arrived here in 2002 as mum had a copy on the boat. I remembered reading something about the novel being based on true[ish] stories about the war. The name "Ringer" stuck with me for some reason.
No, my pops brother, my great uncle. He was a good old bloke. His wife was a real gem, died three years ago at 97. My kids loved her.
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
There was a thread several years ago...a lady wrote extensively about her life in Australia. Does anyone remember it...so I can post a link to the thread?
Found it! Brilliant stories.
http://britishexpats.com/forum/austr...g-time-274661/

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Thanks MP but I don't think that's the one I was thinking of. There was another...I think her opening post was quite long.
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Originally Posted by jad n rich
We lived and still own a acerage in QLD that is definately bush. Acres of it, as untouched as it was 100 years ago, we have old pictures that confirm its exactly the same as then. Not that remote either, one hour from brisbane, minutes to major centres, beach and mountains.

My kids had the experience of a lifetime and they know it. Totally private, you can hear sometimes, but never see any other neighbors. We had pythons in the roof, one son would say he kept hearing thumping in the roof at night, though he was just scared then found a huge python happily up there, skins were shed over 6 years, still no idea how he got in but placid snake.

Several types of possums, annoying at times, one had white markings, quite odd looking, never seen that type elsewhere. Would often spot owls at night, one terrified as thought someone was watching us over the fence. Hundreds of bird types from tiny 5 cm red and yellow birds, to giant rare red and black cockatoos and wild woodland birds, and bushturkeys building giant nests, they are like a giant compost heap.

Had turtles, large metre+ long goannas, the claws on those things! echidnas, like a hedghog, hilarious walk on them they wobble only saw babies once, so tiny. So many wallabies, each summer a couple would get the increasingly huge pouch, then pink legs and would poke out and about a month later, mini wallaby would be with mum.

Black and brown snakes were kept down by the resident python, we knew of 2, one on the roof and one with a territory down the back. In the mad summer storms 30 m trees would occasionally come down, waking everyone, luckly none near the house. The fallen trees would be chopped and burnt in winter. Huge log burner. We used to have kids parties every year, camping out in the forest, and of course kids from the big new estates would end up terrified and end up back in the house

At night you could lie in bed and see endless sky and stars, sky as clear as the desert in winter, yet hear the beach if it the surf was rough. If there was an eclipse or something perfect view from the bed. One night a giant light ball flashed across the sky, no idea what it was, like a giant ball with light coming off it. Greenish, fast but big. Every night you really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. Still amazes me every time I go back.

I think we were so lucky, got to experience something so uniquely australian, if there was a dream place to live in aus that would be it.
So not so bad after all then

Wonder what all the fuss was about over the years
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So not so bad after all then

Wonder what all the fuss was about over the years
If it's anything like where I live the selfish twat next door thinks he's Bagpuss, if he's awake everyone is awake. He mowed his lawn at 4.30am this morning, he starts right next to my boundary so he doesn't disturb his wife Last week he used a bobcat from 4pm Friday until midday Saturday I had to listen to the constant beep beep beep all through the night while he constructed a motocross track in what's supposed to be a 500m nature strip between our houses and what used to be a quarry.
Rural life lol it's not all peace & quiet.
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Chatting with some friends today about conditions here in Cayman after the big hurricane in 2004, I was reminded of how water was so precious in the bush. We had two 5000-gallon corrugated-iron tanks, which filled with rain once a year (sometimes twice) and was eked out by our family during the rest of the year. That was our water for drinking, showering and washing clothes. All the used water drained into Mum's vegetable garden, such as it was.

The livestock (sheep, cows, horses and dogs) drank out of troughs filled with water pulled up from the dam by windmills - as long as the water lasted. I don't remember what happened when the dams ran dry. I think Dad would have had to sell the sheep before they died. I well remember the joy when a bore struck water at 1200 feet. The drilling cost a pound a foot, with no guarantee of finding anything; it was the deepest bore-hole in the district, up till that time. Still, he had enough money to telegraph the good news to me at boarding school!
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Originally Posted by jad n rich
We lived and still own a acerage in QLD that is definately bush. Acres of it, as untouched as it was 100 years ago, we have old pictures that confirm its exactly the same as then. Not that remote either, one hour from brisbane, minutes to major centres, beach and mountains.
Where was or is this, jad, if you don't mind my asking? I guess it would have to be either north or south of Brisbane, if you can hear the beach at night.

We used to spend a couple of weeks every year in Labrador (Southport), where Mum's parents had a fibro cottage. Once we got caught there for three months when Dad had to rush back home to fight bushfires: I was enrolled at the State School in Labrador for a term, of which I have only the faintest of memories. (Does anybody remember Labrador, before it was developed?)
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Great post with many interesting stories. We had our time in the bush and loved every minute of it. It's a wonder we're here to tell the tales sometimes.
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Great post with many interesting stories. We had our time in the bush and loved every minute of it. It's a wonder we're here to tell the tales sometimes.
As you may have read, Jo, my home was at Hannaford, which is just west of Tara. So you're pretty close to where we used to live. I've never been to Chinchilla. We once took my brother to Miles for hospital treatment (this would have been in the early '50s), but whenever we came into Toowoomba on holidays we used to drive from Tara to Kogan and pick up the main road there. I wonder if you've ever been down Tara way. An old boarding-school chum of mine still lives at The Gums.
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As you may have read, Jo, my home was at Hannaford, which is just west of Tara. So you're pretty close to where we used to live. I've never been to Chinchilla. We once took my brother to Miles for hospital treatment (this would have been in the early '50s), but whenever we came into Toowoomba on holidays we used to drive from Tara to Kogan and pick up the main road there. I wonder if you've ever been down Tara way. An old boarding-school chum of mine still lives at The Gums.
We have two very active rugby league players so spend a fair bit of time at Tara footy grounds. (And Miles, Wandoan, Taroom, Jandowae although recent CSG downturn has meant huge population drop coupled with changes to Grade 7, now being a senior year, has meant no footy team for U14s or U16s in many of these towns).

We have friends at The Gums, Meandarra, Hannaford and right through there. It's been a challenging year for many with very localised rainfall, one farm gets four inches, next door neighbour only 1 inch.

I work between Chinchilla and Tara, nr the Crossroads to Kogan, a couple of days each week.
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