Why I like the Internet.

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:18
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No, not for porn, and I'm not an Ebay bitch either, but I just like learning stuff.

We are going back up the Riverland again for a few days, and at one of the locations we frequent, which is run by the National Parks, I have since found it was an internment camp for Italian & Japanese prisoners.

I guess if you are a local, you would of known, but nowhere, have I ever been able to find out about this, except on the net.

Prison Camps

There is so much that has happened in Australia, and a lot of us are unaware. I'm not just talking about Ned Kelly, and Burke & Wills, but much more recent stuff, which has gone un-noticed.

I was unaware, 'till I spoke with Willem, that up at Teworie, in the Mid North, the old railway station is where General Mac Arthur (sp) said..."I shall return.."

Lots of history.....

Okay, it's a slow night, so..... who else has got a story on a place that has a claim to fame, that we may not know about.....?


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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:25

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:25
Yeah and Macarthur didn't return, but then again I do not think he was speaking of returning to Terowie....LOL
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:49

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:49
On a serious note...I have done all of my genealogy over the internet.

After three years of virtually constant research I uploaded it on to my website in 2002.

Now I see that the most famous Mormon Church Genealogy site Family Search has lifted it from my website and claimed it as their own. I don't mind however as it is history being preserved. Some acknowledgement would have been nice though.

Through EO I have looked at a whole heap of websites with stuff on them and recently downloaded Metacafe. Awesome stuff. If I knew how to post it here I would give you Terrain Super Fast where this bloke drives over the top of water.

I spend very little time on ebay..read no money to buy anything...LOL


PS Wolfie, did you like The Scar?
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:53

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:53
I found out about MacArthur and Terowie rthrough geocaching. Gets you to stop lots of places you might otherwise drive through and often gives you a bit of local history or a point of interest to visit at the same time.

I know of a couple from WA who were travelling while we were in SA in October who left home and spent a couple of months on no fixed itenerary going from cache to cache. They reckon they had a ball and saw lots of interesting places they would have otherwise bypassed.

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:56

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:56
"did you like The Scar?"

YES!! You should have kept that mirror, and sent it to him as a birthday present...lol...
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:33

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:33
Good night Wolfmeister

Nothing as exiting as that link, Im just sitting here at my desk at work killing a few hours till knock off.

My Father inlaws farm just out side of Maitland ( Cental Yorke Peninsula SA )
Has a very small corrugated Hut on the homstead land, it has always been referred to as " The Mens hut " apparently it was occupied by two Italian prisoners during the 40s who helped build the "new" homstead.
Their names can been seen scratched into the concrete foundation still to this day.

There is alot of forgotten history in this land, some of it not so nice but its all very interesting !!!
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:42

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:42
There are still remnants of the "Brisbane Line" around Tenterfield NSW, including concrete tank traps.
There used to be lots of concrete gun emplacements around the Wollongong area, in fact one of the local TV studios was on one of the big gun sites "protecting" Wollongong.
Leichart River had one of the biggest airfields north of Brisbane.
Flying boat wreckage at Broome.
The list is endless.
Because of the news censorship, few Australians knew exactly what was happening, especially Darwin. Since we'd just lost Singapore 2 weeks before, probably a good thing.
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:56

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:56
We don't teach much Australian History, the kids find it boring. Why ? because not adults know or appreciate our rich heritage. Much of it remains unknown to the average person. Which is a pity as much of it is the history of the average person, the little ozzie battler. But unless they became a "sir", they kinda missed the history books in most cases.
My wife's mob came out with the First Fleet...her mob are well documented..but she likes European and English history. I came out when I was 7, and have never ceased to be amazed by the fact that in many parts of the country you are literally following in the footsteps of our explorers. To me with my Pommy background, history here is like yesterday.
I think that it's great that many Australians are waking up to the fact that our history is not only unique, but as rich and varied as anywhere else.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:59

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 20:59
Actually saw an old episode of the Bush Tucker Man the other night on ABC2. He was at Truscott Field up in the Kimberley. Looked fascinating.

There's a little museum at Lake Boga which is worth stopping at about the Catalina base that was there during the war.

Probably the only lake with military spec boat ramps for launching ski boats - they used to be the slip ways.

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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 22:01

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 22:01
"No, not for the porn"


Ian, you know you won't go to Heaven if you tell porkies.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 08:59

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 08:59
Jimbo, Willem tells me he has never seen wolfie anywhere near those types of places.....
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 23:47

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 23:47
Worked in Mackay a few years ago and my dad asked me if I could find out where "Taroba Rock" was.

It is a reef just off the coast and I had fished over it on several occasions with some success.

Was surprised to learn that his Dad had come out from England in 1891 on the ship "Taroba" and it had hit the reef , and after that it was named "Taroba Rock".
Taroba is Reef No 21008 on this site and is the northern most reef that snapper go to spawn, according to an article I read some time ago.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 23:51

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 23:51
Address I intended for Reef NO 21008 is

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