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All aboard : news from the friends of the North Australia Railway at Adelaide River



All aboard : news from the friends of the North Australia Railway at Adelaide River


Friends of the North Australian Railway Inc


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Adelaide River


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FNAR News 15 In brief...in brief...in brief...in brief..in brief Caretakers FROM APRIL until July, Barry and Joy White were assisted by Maurie and Shirley who hail from Queensland but are now best described as nomadic. Despite heavy rain in the lead up to Easter, they did a power of work to spruce the place up. Barry recycled some materials to create a bridge across a lingering body of water and installed a gate across the access road to assist our visitors to access the property. Our long term caretaker Graeme Stuart headed south on the Ghan in February. Graeme had been with us since Christmas 2009 and put in lots of time and effort into beautifucation of the grounds and gardens, receiving many positive comments. We are delighted that Harcourt Phillips from Port Lincoln will be returning in June. Graeme and Judy Robinson from Victoria are expected June-ish for a couple of months. They spent several months with us in 2010 and they will be more than welcome to bolster our resources. Thank goodness for bleak southern winters! We were surprised when Neil McIntosh rang from Queensland to enquire about being a Wet Season caretaker (we desperately need those). And to make this year really special we will have Ursula and John Cheeseman from Moonta at Pine Creek. We are also on the lookout for Ken and Jan Wilson from Walhalla who are doing the big lap. Gifts THE GENEROSITY and spontaneity of people is both touching and contrary to common societal stereotypes. Mick Kent handed over the proceeds of a 100 Club he ran at his workplace. For a bloke who is so busy with so many other matters and who does so much for FNAR, this is truly inspiring. Whilst we were in Katherine recently, our good friend Bob Petersen responded to our mention of the fuel required to mow the precinct with a generous offer. Also in Katherine, Geoff Newton, the local saddler, dropped in to the 1926 railway station to offer some plants to re-establish the garden that had been wrecked whilst there was no fence. Peter and Adina Poole noted our plight re fuel for the Kubota and generously donated $100 worth of diesel fuel which was a great help to get the precinct back to scratch after the grounds dried out. Peter and Adina also donated a box of pre-loved books and a map of Katherine showing the Evacuated Workshops. Adina also donated what was the lounge room carpet (very handy in Sid Williams 2) and Pete a carbide lamp that has a railway story. Peter Cornell kindly took a Kubota tyre for fitment of a new tube. Leo Izod has donated four vintage sparkplugs and a magneto for the 1923 Fordson Trackson tractor that is being restored for Katherine. Thank you all for your thoughtful support. Kalamazoo Crossing ABOUT 12 MONTHS AGO, we were approached by Peter Rusk who had a mad idea of pumping a Kalamazoo from Adelaide to Darwin. There were to have been about 25 of them and their visit was planned for early August. Sadly, however, various legal problems, including insurance, got in the way and the undertaking was scuttled. Bombing of Darwin comemmoration NEXT YEAR MARKS the 70th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and Darwin City Council organisers are expecting many veterans and their families to travel to the Top End for the event. New branding for the commemoration was released this month, and next years activities will fall under that branding. Community

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