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Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 19:58
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I read today the first vehicle to make the journey all the way to the tip of Cape York was a 1927 Austin 7.

That's all.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:07

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:07
and that was before there was a road!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:47

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:47
What road ? :)))
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:11

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:11
Hey footloose

Imagine what it was like then!!!

Dave O

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:17

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:17
David, I have. And it must of been far easier than the Jardine boys' journey :)
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:21

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:21
Yes, though the one that amazes me is Haan.

A grazier who owned a property near what would become Ravenswood, travelled east from Palmer River to near Daintree!!!! Now that is rugged rugged country! Currently the area of the CREB track.

Dave O
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:29

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:29
Taking those cattle up the West side of CY in the wet season must of been "interesting". No wonder they had problems getting through the swamps to Summerset.
Yes Haan did some pretty amazing stuff too. He would have been just south of Kennedys attempts to get over the ranges I think. Real tiger country there. I guess you follow the mountain ridges and rivers etc.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:42
I have to say that having spent years reading the explorers journals and trying to see bits of where they went, I am absolutely in awe of most of them. Its important to note that most weren't born here...
Some other questions to ask is why did they do it and what happened to them ? Few became rich, and its only if their sponsor benefited that they became famous. Discover pasture or riches and you're famous. Discover zip and you're in the bin...unless of course you disappeared like Leichart. (who had some interesting sponsors).

Gee, times haven't really changed at all ! We still have to live by the Golden Rule (he who has the gold makes the rules ).
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:49

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 20:49
Did they drive back?
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:43

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:43
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to think that they came back by boat, and their vehicle went to some sort of museum in Canberra ?
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:10

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 21:10
Thats a good question. I recon they did but have to admit I just don;t know
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Reply By: Member - John A (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 22:34

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 22:34
First to Southern tip of Argentina &
2nd to the South Pole behind a baby Peugeot in ~ 1927/28/29
if my reading memory serves me correctly.
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 12:18

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 12:18
My Grandmother and Mother made it up to north of Port Douglas ("until the road ran out") in the early-mid '40's in a "Baby" Austin 7, (not sure of the year of manufacture). Not bad for a mid thirties woman with a teenaged daughter in tow travelling alone.

My Grandmother was also one of about 3-4 women in Melbourne that rode a motorbike around town in the mid-late 20's
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Follow Up By: Redback - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 12:28

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 12:28
She must have been gentry then as thats who road motorcycles in Melbourne then, when Elizabeth St was in it's heyday and most popular for the upper class.

Baz.
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