Marree Region and The Birdsville Track

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 18:00

Baz - The Landy

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Today we made our way onto the Birdsville Track! The Track was established in the 1880s as a stock route between Birsdville and the railhead at Marree or Hergott Springs as it was formerly called. Before arriving at Clayton Station where we have set up camp for the night we travelled through the township of Marree where Tom Kruse set off on his mail run north to Birdsville.

Although the official name is Marree, which comes from the Aboriginal word Mari, meaning place of many possums, the name Hergott Springs was used until World War 1, when it was dropped as a result of its German connection.

At the Centenary celebrations for the Great Northern Hotel, a two-story building in the main street, it was read…

“There are people here today whose ancestors lived in this land long before the advent of white settlement and who found at Marree water and a place to rest. There are people here today who are the descendants of the Afghan camel drivers and were born in this town and who continue to have an attachment for Marree which perhaps passes the understanding of others.

There are people here today whose forefathers settled in this demanding country which can never be taken for granted but which is rich in reward from time to time for those who understand it. All of these people have contributed to the development of the Inland and all have found in Marree a base, a home, companionship, friendship and a tempering of the spirit.

For there is no doubt that small towns like Marree breed big people and towns like Marree have had and will have an influence on the nation far beyond their size, for Marree has for a long time been in the forefront of development and from its inception a transport and supply town.”

These few words sum up the main cycles of Marree’s history and the contribution made to it by Aborigines, Afghans and white migrants who called Marree home.
And after a day of dusty travel we enjoyed a hot artesian spa at Clayton!

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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