Sunday's History Photo

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:39
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This is the Stuart Hwy South into Barrow Creek NT , August 1967, And for the younger Tourists of today that's what it was like all the way from Alice Springs to Darwin.

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:37

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:37
Hi Doug, I have heard a story that Alice to Darwin was sealed during the war. Do you know if that is true ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:27

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 13:27
Kiwi Kia
That is perfectly correct, and that road in the photo is just that , also the Barkly Hwy was sealed during the War .

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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 16:05

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 16:05
Thanks Doug,

That original seal stood the test of time pretty well then.
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:03

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:03
Kiwi, There is a book written on the construction of the road during the war. It is called "The Long Road North" written by Alex Tanner i think. It tells the tale of the army supply units that built and used the road to supply Darwin with troops and supplies to be shipped overseas. Is a good read too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 13:10

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 13:10
Thanks Dasher, I will certainly have a look for it. I wonder if they not only made the road for going 'up' to Darwin but also so they could use it as an escape route incase of invasion ? Some of the airfields were built well inland out of range of Japanese sea and air attack so perhaps that road was made extra well to take evacuation traffic south in a hurry if needed.
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:05

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:05
Interesting looking back at things like that, Would have been a good motorbike track, ....lol.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:36

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:36
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I use to always think just how many millions of tons of freight was moved over that old road on the roadtrains over the many years and it stood the test of time, I don't think the newer road will last as long
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 22:20

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 22:20
Thanks for the photo Doug, it is great to look back on places like that and see the change, wonder what things will be like in another 50 years????????????

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:05

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:05
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Yes it is good to look back , I often go through my photo's
, you in another 50 years, maybe this photo is Barrow Creek 2058.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:13

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:13
So what you are saying is that America will be here and would have spent millions on a highway and city for Barrow Creek by 2058, glad I won't be here to see that!!!!!!!!!! LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:17

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:17
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You know I don't think a lot will happen at Barrow creek in the next 50 years, .....lol, and like you I too won't be here to see it .

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:21

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:21
Yes I know you were only joking Doug!!!!!!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:26

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:26
Dunworkin
Was just thinking...in 50 years with the cost of fuel and newer technology roads as we know them could be obsolete.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:30

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 23:30
That could be spot on.

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:12

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:12
Doug, thanks for the photo, assume the flies are still that bad in summer?
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Reply By: Off-track - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:51

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:51
Ah yes remember it well. Travelled it many a time as Dad's little offsider when he drove Road Trains up and down the track.
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:53

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 08:53
...not to mention the Old South Road from Alice to Adelaide. Dirt all the way with corrugations, mud and washouts. Now that was fun...not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:01

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:01
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Was he driving for Co-Ord..???
The South Road, I remember 1966 the sealed road ended at a bridge not far South of Alice, maybe 40 miles , could have been Hugh River, and dirt all the to Ayres Rock , and to within about 30 miles North of Pt Augusta.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:15

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:15
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Here's a couple for you .

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Follow Up By: Off-track - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 23:59

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 23:59
He did indeed drive for Co-Ord / RedNorth as well as Buntine Freightways and a little for Buntine Roadways. A little later than those pics though - 74 to 82.

Most of my school holidays were spent in the left side of the cab, and sometimes the right.
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