Photos from Central Australia 1972

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 22:46
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For those interested in old photos my uncle gave me his slides from a trip he did in 1972 to Central Australia when he went up on the Ghan and back by bus to Melbourne. I have scanned them all in and uploaded them. There are a few shots of places that some might find interesting.

The whole gallery is at http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/Slidescanning/1972CentralAustralia
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 23:29

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 23:29
Thanks Brett. I enjoyed them, both the places he visited and the cars of the era. Lots of memories.
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:09

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:09
Brett H
It is very interesting to look at good quality photos of the way it was in outback Australia just a few (42) year back. As a more recent traveller of this country (since 1994) we can see the changes that have taken place, especially in Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.

Thanks for taking the trouble to make these photo's available.

Regards
Athol
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:48

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:48
Some great photos , this is about the time i moved to Alice , great 4wding & exploring back then . These photos would go well on the web site ..." growing up in alive springs " Via facebook you might like to look at that .

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Follow Up By: Brett H - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:28

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:28
Thanks Nick, I will look into it and let them know of the photos.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff B (WA) - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:00

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:00
great photos!
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:17

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:17
Brilliant!! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:52

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:52
Business wasn't booming at the Alice Springs Hotel they it would be today. In fact, not many TOs visible at all. They were still probably living out in the communities rather than in town camps.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Brett H - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:21

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:21
Business was booming for someone. Notice the Mercedes sports car outside the Stuart Arms Hotel. Not sure whether they drove it up there or had it transported, but not the sort of car to drive out to the back blocks I wouldn't think.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:07

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:07
I seem to remember a story about someone who has a series of sports cars up there including a Merc and an XK120 Jag.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 14:23

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 14:23
Bob, there were plenty of "TOs" in Alice only 3 years later in 1975 when I first visited it.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:43

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:43
hi Brett H
that brings back many fond memories of my visits to those places in 1980 -84-87 it was very much the same as 1972 except later model vehicles and a few more building especially in alice springs what sort of system did you use to transfer slides to the internet
it wound'nt happen to be a "Micam " film and photo scanner -via usb -
giving a 5mp resolution scanned image
because I have a brand new 1 here waiting for me to get around to doing like -wise with a large collection of slides and photo's taken many years ago
I would be interested and happy to hear back on what you have used
thank you for sharing your photo's
cheers barry
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Follow Up By: Brett H - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:53

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:53
Hi Barry,

I use a Nikon Coolscan 5000 scanner with a slide feeder attached. Got it shipped in a few years ago from a seller in Canada.
Due to the number of slides I wanted to scan (dad was a mad slide photographer) the flatbed and other type scanners on the market were too time consuming.
I can put up to 40-50 slides at a time depending on their thickness and walk away. With a few thousand to do it was the only way I was going to do it.

Fortunately the software with the scanner removes most dust spots and enhances faded colour (only really needed for old slides), but I still run each image through Lightroom to crop the black borders and play with colours if needed. Depends how picky I am with the final shot and how late at night it is lol. Some of these ones around Alice Springs I am still not really happy with and will play more with them later.

The scanner is set to save the files in 8bit Tiff files as it gives more scope to playing around with the final image. Once finished in lightroom then I save to jpg and upload. Although be warned, tiff files can be very large, 50+mg each.
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:05

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 13:05
Thanks for posting!!!

One thing I noticed was nearly the complete absence of 4WD's, I think I only saw two in all the slides.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 15:58

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 15:58
Lyn

That struck me as well. These days you need a 4wd to travel up the bitumen to Alice don't you?

As an old Valiant owner I was pleased to spot one in the corner of one picture.

Cheers
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Reply By: duck - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 14:46

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 14:46
thanks for the photos brings back some memory's, The station at Fink where I use to get on & off, the train was so much better trip then the old Centralian bus service & had the old dragster push bike as well

some photos look the same now as they did then

thanks for the trip back down memory lane
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 18:20

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 18:20
Lovely photos, thank you for sharing them.

Cheers,

Val
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 20:04

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 20:04
Good on you.
It's amazing how many people inherit wonderful old photos and throw them out because they don't realise the significance in them or the interest that others may have in them.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 22:30

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 22:30
Brett, that collection is great. Thanks for sharing.
My wife and I met in Alice Springs in the late 1970's. She worked at the OLSH school in your photos and I worked at the hospital. It holds great memories for us, and we enjoyed reliving the memories from your uncle's photos. It was a great frontier town back then. People went there to get away from city life.Young people - plenty of sports - the town had 13,000 people back then.

I loved the drive-in theatre where the locals would park their cars backwards, get out their deck chairs and open a cask of Renmano or Coolabah to enjoy a movie. Indigenous would light a fire! All good fun.

And we spent every weekend touring the many gorges etc. I had my Corolla wagon, but bought my first 4wd - a 2A LandRover before leaving Alice. Here's the Corolla at the entrance to Ayers Rock:

And I enjoyed the photos of Coober Pedy and Melrose - Coober Pedy was certainly dustier then!
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 22:51

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 22:51
Just to add a trip to Central Australia was a big deal back then. There was a song by Redgum called "Last Frontier" released soon after I went there that captured the spirit of why people like your uncle and I went there. Out of interest, John Schumann from Redgum was on the Australia Day Honours List 3 days ago.

Lyrics:
There's a corrugated highway Leading north from Port Augusta
lined with ratted cars that didn't rate a tow
The Salt plains out of Pimba And your eyes begin to stream
On to Kingoonya huddled dusty by the road
Romantic notions shattered Like the tyres that didn't hack it
This has got to be the country's last frontier
Where a sports car's next to useless Running cattle grids and river beds
We drove a van from 1963

Someone mentioned walkabout And kiss your job goodbye
Just to see the country shimmer through the windscreen
Drinking beer, telling stories While laughter filled the night
And flexi-time's behind you like a bad dream

You got a flat on Anzac Highway And Lawson on your shelf
Its a Southern Comfort, air-conditioned rage
Where a homestead's more than just a cheap print Dangling from a wall
And mateship's more than lines upon a page

We went looking for Australia In between the TV lines
'Cause the ABC just couldn't make it real
Colour documentary From a beanbag on the floor:
Never shows as much as it conceals

A stark and blistered Alice Springs And a river runs with shame
And you wipe the sheets of bulldust from your eyes
Another country's uniform And the mirage it falls apart
To the open gap between the truth and lies

Go and see your country, mate The travel agents scream
Politicians sell it's hard to score a pasttime
Signs and high-wire fences Hold the land where I belong
It's as if I'm in the outback for the last time
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Reply By: Member - Matt M - Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:04

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:04
Fantastic Brett, many thanks for posting. I was going through the slideshow while listening to Redgum as suggested by Phil G, perfect accompaniment.

Not as interesting as chest puffing 12v threads mind you, but pretty good.

Matt.
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Reply By: Brett H - Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 12:28

Sunday, Feb 02, 2014 at 12:28
Thanks for all the positive feedback guys. For those interested I have uploaded another gallery with a bunch of other shots that happen to have old cars in them. My father took them in the 60's & early 70's at various places.
http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/Slidescanning/Carsfromthepast
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