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Title: Humpty Doo Rice Project
Name: Hulands, Robert
My Story: The planting of the wet season crop was under way when we arrived and I was allocated the job of carting the rice seed from the mill at the 18 mile (now Coolalinga) to the rice fields. The truck was an S181 International with an Eaton 2 speed axle. It was my pride and joy. The mill manager was Peter van Ryan and his off sider Bob Stewart, Peter was a big man and Bob was small and wiry and we didn't have any elevators to lift the bags so it was all done by hand. I did 2 loads a day for weeks and enjoyed every minute of it. The road from the Stuart Highway was gravel and often corragated, not like the bitumen road that is now the Arnhem highway. Shortly after my arrival, Arthur Parker and I went into Darwin in the Big truck to pick up supplies and we went to the motor registry in Bennett Street so I could get my truck licence. It was situated where the tourist bureau is now, The Police Station was situated opposite. Whilst in town I went to the camera shop and bought an Agfa colour slide camera. It had a hard case and I was able to take it with me while working. After the planting was completed, I was allocated the job of driving the Alice Chalmers Road grader maintaining all the roads on the lease from where the Electricity sub station is now situated. Most days I would take my camera with me on the grader and when I came across an item of interest. I also would go out on my motor scooter on Saturdays and photograph things of interest Saturday was our one day off and the company ran a bus into Darwin for shoppers and back in the afternoon and again in the evening for the pictures.
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Place: Humpty Doo
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