Pictures of Len Beadell Plaques Thread

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:28
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Hi all,

A few weeks ago some of us sort of highjacked a thread and put a number of pictures of Beadell Plaques on the thread.

Let's see how many Beadell Plaques we can get in the one thread.

I have a few but will start the ball rolling with the one from Windy Corner.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:39

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:39
Originals or replacements by Connie & Mick?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:41

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John,

Go with whatever is on location. I guess originals in museums or private hands would count as well.

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Reply By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:47

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:47
Here's one at the ruins of Talawana (just off the track)

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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:49

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:49
I have a few on slide laying around somewhere but will look for recent ones
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:54

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 16:54
Ok found one online
cbr gunbarrell and gary
And click on gunbarrell
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:13

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:13
Nice one of Everard Junction - Can I ask you a stupid question?
What were the canoes for??

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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:38

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:38
It was my first Solo desert trip (04)..... Wanted to be prepared for anything........ :) lol. Only jokes. Drove from Sydney to Exmouth to paddle in the Montebello Islands. My cousin owned 2 fishing boats there. He only has 1 now though. He took me up to the bellos and we paddled over to the islands and explored. I just decided to do the Gunbarrell and the Simpson on the way back. It was my first time doing the centre rds.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:01

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:01
Heres 5 from the Anne Beadell Hwy

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:06

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:06
Bugga someone kick me please, I loaded Vokes Hill twice instead of the SA / WA Border plaque, sorry.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:16

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:16
And a couple more...

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:25

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:25
Here's a couple.

First is from the Mount Davies Road into Surveyour Generals Corner

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And the Second is from the Gunbarrel (now Great Central Road) West of the WA Border.
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Reply By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:29

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:29
Just having a quick look through my digital pics I have found 8. I know I have quite a few more elsewhere though....

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Through a pretty one in there too.... Couldn't help myself
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:16

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:16
Pete,

That one on the single star picket.

Where is that?

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Follow Up By: Angler - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:26

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:26
I love the one with the desert pea in the foreground.

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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:35

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:35
Thanks Angler,
Not sure where the one on the single star picket is.... Will look at the original and see what it says. May take me a while to find it on the hard drive though.
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:47

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:47
there u go alan, Vivien put up the answer........ I thought it was the junction of the gary and the gary junction. but wasn't too sure
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:47

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:47
Anne B. tells the story of when Len went to a Rotary function, one of the people there boasted he had a Beadell plaque above his bar at home-
Needless to say, Len wasn't impressed !!!

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:55

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 17:55
Ther're this one on the Kidson track

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Reply By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:06

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:06
Thanks guys - keep them coming.

That must be most of them though surely.

Does anyone know exactly how many there are?

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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:38
Hey alan,
He placed 45 in total during a decade of road building. His last, in 1963 was placed at the end of the Talawana track, Windy Corner.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:43

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:43
Gee - we're not even half way there then. Some are hidden well, blink and you miss them, like that one you put up on the eastern end of the G. Junction Rd.

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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:53

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:53
I think I have abot 15 in total maybe more........I have the sandy blight and Gary junction on video from my trip 2 weeks ago, Don't know why I don't have a digital of it. Have been there twice........ Good reason to go back soon :)
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:09

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:09
The Gunbarrel Hwy

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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:13

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 18:13
Does any one have a photo of the tree he used to fix the water pump.

It is one of my ambitions to do a documentary on the full Gunbarrel Hwy, I will speak to a certain member of this forum for his help guidance and attendance.

Love the photo's keep them coming.

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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:39

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:39
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site of the burnt out ration truck on the Gary JunctionRoad


Bad spelling, it's supposed to be Callawa Track not Truck !!!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:52

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 19:52
Thanks Vivien,

It seems everyone has a little piece of the jigsaw!!!

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 21:46

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 21:46
Has anyone ever compiled a definitive list of the actual plaques and their sites? I have quite a few photo's taken over the years, probably some of them being of the original plaques taken in the mid 70's thru to the early 80's but wonder if they have ever been listed. I'll pick up a few more this year as well I suppose.

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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:01

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:01
Hi Mick
Connie Sue regulary check and replace any missing plaques in conjunction with some volenteers. You may have noticed dates of replacement on some of them.
So far 23 replicas have been made and everytime Connie Sue comes accross a plaque that has been moved she will reposition it.
She has also been known to twist a plaque if required so as it can be photographed more easily by tourists.
She runs a few tours during the cooler months and is able to check up on the plaques.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:56

Sunday, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:56
Thanks for that Peter. I had the pleasure of being a few days behind CSB and her partner Mick I think his name is, when I was crossing the Anne Beadell a couple of years ago. They'd just posted a replica plaque at Annes corner. She does a great job, mind you the people who take her tours earn their keep track clearing, bless 'em! A few members on the forum have run into her in some out of the way places over the years. Maybe this year for me. Missed her by a day at the corner of the Gary and Gunbarrell last year as well!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:18

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:18
Mick is now Connie's husband.

As a side note the replica plaques are made by Connie using Lens original metal letter stamp set that he used to do the original ones.
She normally stamps "Replica" on them so they are known as replacements.
People keep knocking off the originals and some of the replacements so she now uses the anti theft screws to try and mitigate the theft.
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Reply By: Member - John R (QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:05

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Here's the 4 from the abandoned section of the Gunbarrel, west of Giles.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:57

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:57
Thanks John,

We're getting the numbers up now. Excellent.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:37

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Here's some from the Cook-Vokes Hill Road from 1961:
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:42

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And
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I have another from the Maralinga to Emu road, but having problems finding it at present - will keep looking.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 23:01

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 23:01
From Gary Highway:
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 23:16

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 23:22

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 23:22
You've got a few obscure ones there Phil.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:19

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:19
Yep, I guess I'm an obscure sort of guy :-)))
I'm surprised that hardly anyone on the forum has travelled the Voakes Hill to Cook road.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:49

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As promised, here are some more obscure Len Beadell plaques from the Maralinga to Emu road:
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 15:05

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 15:05
Phil,

Those last ones are good - I would imagine permission would not be granted lightly to visit them.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 16:17

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 16:17
beat me to them Phil...
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 16:42

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 16:42
Alan,
Yep, permission is not often granted. The Maralinga area is overdue to be handed back to the traditional owners, so I don't know what the current situation is with access. Theres a big locked gate at each boundary of the Maralinga zone.

Andrew,
You're a bit slow off the mark - you spend too much time out in the bush, and not enough time on the computer :-))))

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Reply By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:46

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:46
Tietkens Tree - sorry about the quality.

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