alice to darwin 1973??

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 14:59
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was the road sealed before the cyclone??
i think it was but someone i know thinks it was dirt..
thanks
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Reply By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 15:12

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 15:12
I'm 99% sure it was - I was working out of Tennant Creek in 1980 and the road was one lane wide and quite 'old' then. I believe it was sealed back in the '40's.
Must be someone older then me on the Forumthat has 1st hand knowledge !??Colin - Subaru Forester
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Follow Up By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 15:40

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 15:40
NT history

Darwin became a strategic defence post after 220 Darwin people were killed in the only major Japanese bombing raid on an Australian city. At the peak of defence activity in the north, there were 120,000 troops and, since shipping was no longer safe, the railway became essential for supplies. Unfortunately, the rail and rolling stock had run down and the first troops arrived in converted cattle trucks, dubbing their northward ride the 'Spirit of Protest'. A unique carriage was made for short trips by placing a Leyland truck chassis on rail wheels. The contraption looked odd, but necessity was the mother of a useful invention!

The need to move troops and supplies led to suggestions of closing the 1000 kilometre gap between Birdum, where the northern line had reached in 1929, and Alice Springs. In the end, the Stuart Highway was sealed between Alice Springs and Darwin, leaving the legacy of a major infrastructure project to the Territory.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 17:55

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 17:55
The Barkly h'way was sealed at the same time, from the Isa to 3 Ways. There are some items of memoribilia at a couple of spots along there giving a little info on the task.

They did a bloody good job, considering the type of machinery they had in that era.

Unfortunately, some of this highway still remains on the Qld side, and is a nightmare, considering the amount and type of traffic that use it. Hooroo...
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Reply By: Rick - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 19:23
As Colin eruditely points out, only sealed since WW 2
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 19:49

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 19:49
The Stuart Highway (The TRACK as it is known in the NT) was sealed from Alice Springs to Darwin in 1942 in record time. And as Bob pointed out, so was the Mt Isa to Three Ways, Barkley Highway. The sealing of the Alice Springs to Port Augusta section of the Stuart Highway was completed in 1988 !!Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Bruce - cycadcenter - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 23:02

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 23:02
Darwin and WWII is an interesting subject with an interesting book written a couple of years ago.

My dad was stationed there from 1942-45 and arrived just a couple of days before the first raid which he remembers vividly, as they had hardly any defences and in fact were shooting at the planes with 303's.

Interesting point is that more bombs were dropped on Darwin in the first raid than on Pearl Harbour.

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Reply By: Tony - Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 07:43

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 07:43
The track to my knowledge was'nt sealed all the way, as in 69 the main street of Kathrine was dirt. I have a photo to prove it.

I drove down from Darwin to attend the Rodeo and it was a single lane all the way through Adelaide River, the old road can still be driven on and in most parts two lanes now.
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Follow Up By: Greg - Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 15:51

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 15:51
Tony track was definitely sealed Alice to Darwin during the war. I was in Katherine in early 1970 and main street was well and truly sealed and had been for a long time I would suggest.

As far as the road from Mr Isa to 3 ways I am sure my trips in the early 70's were on large sections of unsealed road on the NT side. I can recall being held up due to rain where they were sealing sections and had closed the road temporarily to all traffic.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jun 06, 2003 at 07:43

Friday, Jun 06, 2003 at 07:43
Greg, This dirt would have been while they were resealing some sections. The NT section of Barkly H'way, has been a HIGHWAY since the 80's, not like the goat track on Qld side. Hooroo...

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Reply By: herkman - Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 17:58

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 17:58
I drove to Darwin in 1960.

The road was sealed all the way.

Regards

Col Tigwell

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