Friday, April 5, 2013
Currawinya National Park
Currawinya Shearing Shed
Whilst Plummer Cotter, the Bartons, the Howchins, the Dunks, and MaGraths worked on the properties I have previously mentioned, Alfred Cotter was managing Currawinya and Caiwarro. So it was worth the trip to see what remains of these.
The shearing shed is a good one, well laid out and in good order it would not take much to "turn on the lights" and start up.
The shearing stands
The same could not be said for the shearers quarters, kitchen, and meat house. QLD National parks have used concrete reinforcing steel to "wrap" some of the buildings disallowing access. I can only assume the buildings are unstable.
The engine that drives the shearing gear.
Reflecting on what I have uncovered over the past 12 months it leads me to ponder about just how "proud" are we as a nation of our pioneering history.
It seems we have a cringe mentality to it. There is no doubt that what happened to the Aborigines was, and is, appalling and I acknowledge the utter devastation that occurred to them. However, our current prosperity was forged by those women and men who created these great sheep stations. Yes there war tyrants, but there were many more good people.
The shearers accommodation
It seems that National parks are very good at measuring decay, and are lousy at any real positive input into the natural environment or real maintenance of the buildings that people worked hard to establish. I say this with confidence based on what I saw. 1. Feral cats at lake Wyalla, 2. the building condition, 3. the utter waste of money in creating sculptures welcoming you to the park. are just a couple of examples.
I give the area about 10 years. When all the older cattlemen and women retire and are forced to sell and use there properties as their superannuation. I doubt if the government has enough resolve to invest in our pastoral history.
The country here is good. Flood out with a great mixture of herbages. It seems such a date to leave it to the ferals.
We left Currawinya and headed towards Caiwarro.
From a pastoral history perspective Caiwarro will prove a worse example.