Simpson Desert plaque

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 18:14
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Hello Everyone,

On 4 July 1987 we planted an aluminium pole with a plaque on it depicting the approximate position of the Geographical Centre of the Simpson Desert. The co- ordinates for this plaque are Latitude 25 degrees 22 minutes South and Longitude 137 degrees 5 minutes East.

This position would be about halfway between Poeppel Corner and the Colson Track Junction and 2 degress north of the French Line.

The question is.........Has anyone been out there and seen this plaque or does anyone know of someone else who has been out there and seen it?

This was in the days before GPS( at least the hand held ones) and we used a sextant and a small calculator to work out our position....so we could have been wrong...but, and I assume, not by much. There are a couple of seismic tracks criss-crossing to the east of this position.

I would be very interested to gather any information on this plaque.

Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 18:50

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 18:50
The question is not if anyone has seen it, but is it still there ?

Interested to know if its still there as that was a long time ago.
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Reply By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 18:54

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 18:54
4x4 or 4WD Monthly did a two part series with Paul Cockburn, who went out woith Steve Strike and found it Willem, it was great reading.

Go you good thingSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 19:05

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 19:05
Hey Willem, your famous !
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 19:32

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 19:32
Thanks Bonz. How long ago did you read this article? I might give Steve Strike a call.
Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:05

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:05
Last few months, If i find it i'll post the editionSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:12

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:12
Yeah Kev....I know....its a hard life :-)

Thanks Bonz

The Spinifex Trail is my article written for 4x4 Australia in 1988. Have a look at my website www.kempen.id.au

Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:25

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 20:25
Ahhhh Bonz...I found an article in 4x4 Australia July edition 2003.....yeah thats the Geographical Centre of Australia. I am talking about something quite different.......situated in very rugged country where there are no roads apart from some seismic shot lines. Unless ofcourse the reference to my plaque is made in the August edition which I do not have. Will go down to the newsagents tomorrow.
Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: johnsy - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 15:48

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 15:48
Willem Steves shop address is Email www.photoz.com.au or business phone 89523559 same area code as u.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 18:05

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 18:05
yer thats the one, june july august of 4x4 , ya right its the geo centre of Oz.

Such is lifeSo many places to go!
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 21:04

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2003 at 21:04
G'day Willem

Thanks for these & other recent stimulating snippets. Keep 'em coming if you can!

BTW, how's the spare parts in the limb going?

CheersRick (S.A.) - ' It is better to travel hopefully than arrive'
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 19:06

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003 at 19:06
Hi Rick,
Knee is doing really well and I am walking without a stick.

Yeah, I have a few more snippets up my sleeve.
Cheers, Willem
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