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Bear is going to have a holiday – Coonabarabran NSW to Parkes …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan today looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.

DAY 2

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

Continuing from Day 1 – Stanthorpe QLD to Coonabarabran NSW this is day 2 …

Day 2

Gilgandra, New South Wales

“Gilgandra is a country town in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia, and services the surrounding agricultural area where wheat is grown extensively together with other cereal crops, and sheep and beef cattle are raised. Sitting at the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh highways, the town is located in a wide bend of the Castlereagh River downstream from its source near Coonabarabran, directly downstream from Mendooran, and upstream from Gulargambone and Coonamble. It is 432 km north-west of Sydney (about six hours’ driving time), and is located approximately halfway on the inland route from Melbourne to Brisbane. The town is the administrative seat for the Gilgandra Shire. It is known as the town of windmills and the home of the ‘Coo-ees’, and is a gateway to the Warrumbungles National Park.”

Peak Hill, New South Wales

“Peak Hill is a town in Parkes Shire in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2011 census, Peak Hill had a population of 755 people. It is on the Newell Highway and the Dubbo to Parkes railway line, completed to Peak Hill in 1910. The first public wheat silo built in Australia was constructed at Peak Hill in 1918 after government surveys indicated the district had great potential as a wheat producing region.”

Parkes, New South Wales

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“Parkes was founded in 1853 as the settlement Currajong, named for the abundance of kurrajong trees in the local area by the settlers, but was then known as Bushman’s (from the local mine named Bushman’s Lead).

In August 1873, Henry Parkes (later Sir Henry) visited the area and in December 1873 the town was officially renamed Parkes in his honour . (Sir Henry Parkes is recognised in Australia as having played an instrumental role in Australia becoming a unified and federated country.) In March 1885, Parkes was proclaimed a town.

Bushman’s Lead Post Office opened on 1 August 1872 and was renamed Parkes in 1873. The railway from Molong via Parkes to Forbes, was officially opened on 18 December 1893.

Parkes attracted significant attention during the gold rush of the 1870s onwards, and even to this day modern mining companies still have sites in the region.

In 1939, Parkes became a sister city with Coventry in the United Kingdom. This was in honour of the fact Sir Henry Parkes was born in Coventry.

With the presence of the nearby Parkes Observatory, Parkes has had an important role in the scientific community. In addition to local research conducted at the radio telescope, Parkes scientists have assisted NASA for several missions as a Southern Hemisphere relay and communications station. (The movie The Dish was based somewhat loosely on the role the telescope played during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.)”


That was the end of our second day’s travel. Bear was tired after a wonderful day particularly visiting Peak Hill and the old shops. It is beautiful country were travelled through and fascinating old towns. So we booked into a Hotel/Motel in the centre of town and Bear parked himself in the bar to see if the XXXX beer was as good as it was in Queensland! Vevencia went shopping LOL 😉

Tomorrow was going to be a big day searching Parkes Cemetery for the graves of the first Judds to come to Australia in 1855.

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Bear is going to have a holiday – Stanthorpe QLD to Coonabarabran NSW …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan today looks clear. She has been through so much. Time for a holiday.

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office and interesting old buildings in the towns we go through.

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Our first town was only 100 km from home and on the NSW border …

Texas, Queensland

“Texas sits on Bigambul land, the Indigenous people of the region inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to colonisation in the 1840s.

The origin of the town’s name is generally regarded as a reference to a territorial dispute. The land in the area was first settled by the McDougall brothers, who found squatters there on returning from the goldfields. Once their legal right to the land was recognised, they named their property in honour of the rather more famous dispute between the United States and Mexico over territory in Texas, USA.]

Texas was connected by the Texas railway line from Inglewood in November 1930 with the town being served by the Texas railway station. The line was closed in 1994.

Up until about 1986, tobacco farming was an important industry in the area and many Italian families settled the area to run and work the tobacco farms.”

Warialda NSW

“The original inhabitants of the region were the Weraerai Aborigines and the first whites in the area were probably escaped convicts. Allan Cunningham was the first official European visitor in 1827. The first settlement was established in 1837 with a police outstation erected around 1840. The town site was gazetted in 1847 and was the first in the Northwest Slopes region. Warialda was the headquarters of the Yallaroi Shire, until its merger with neighbouring Bingara Shire to form Gwydir Shire. Warialda Post Office opened on 1 January 1848. The town’s first newspaper was the Warialda Standard, which was first published in 1896 and remains in publication.”

Bingara NSW

“In 1827 Allan Cunningham crossed the Gwydir River near Bingara. At the time he mistook the river to be the Peel River, but realised his mistake on his return journey. The discovery of gold in 1852 brought prospectors to the area. In the 1880s, copper and diamonds were discovered also, causing a rapid development of the town. Bingara is one of the few places in Australia where diamonds have been found. In fact, Bingara was the largest producer of diamonds in Australia at that time. Bingara changed the spelling of its name from Bingera to Bingara in 1890. The first Bingera Post Office opened on 1 January 1853 and was renamed Upper Bingera in 1862 and closed in 1868. The second Bingera office opened in 1862 and was renamed Bingara in 1890.”

Coonabarabran NSW

“In 1817 the area was opened up by a Government-sponsored expedition. In 1818 John Oxley found Aboriginal people living here — later identified as the western language reach of the Kamilaroi clans (Gamilaraay is the spelling used by linguists). Kamilaroi people are still well represented in the region, having occupied Coonabarabran for approximately 7,500 years.

In 1859 Lewis Gordon first proposed a town plan survey for Coonabarabran.

Nobody really seems to know the source and meaning of the word Coonabarabran. It may derive from a person’s name or from the Kamilaroi language word ‘gunbaraaybaa’ meaning ‘excrement’, translated earlier as meaning, ‘peculiar odour’, this possibly is a bowdlerisation. Another meaning is derived from an Aboriginal word for ‘inquisitive person’. ‘Coolabarabran’ was the name of a station owned by James Weston in 1848.

Coonabarabran Post Office opened on 1 January 1850.

Coonabarabran Memorial Clock Tower is a central feature of the town, in the intersection of John Street and Dalgarno Street. It was built from local sandstone and dedicated in 1928.

Coonabarabran is the gateway to the Warrumbungle National Park and the Pilliga Forest.”


That was the end of our first day’s travel. Not a good nights sleep however as we selected a motel on price and it was on the highway. The noise of the trucks was terrible so we vowed not to make that mistake again!

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Bear is going to have a holiday – Texas QLD …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan today looks clear. She has been through so much.

I thought might take a picture of every old Post Office in the towns we go through.

Our first town was only 100 kms from home and on the NSW border …

Texas

Texas, Queensland

“Texas sits on Bigambul land, the Indigenous people of the region inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to colonisation in the 1840s.

The origin of the town’s name is generally regarded as a reference to a territorial dispute. The land in the area was first settled by the McDougall brothers, who found squatters there on returning from the goldfields. Once their legal right to the land was recognised, they named their property in honour of the rather more famous dispute between the United States and Mexico over territory in Texas, USA.]

Texas was connected by the Texas railway line from Inglewood in November 1930 with the town being served by the Texas railway station. The line was closed in 1994.

Up until about 1986, tobacco farming was an important industry in the area and many Italian families settled the area to run and work the tobacco farms.”

We started to wonder why there were not the old wonderful post offices they were probably in the first council building.

Have a good day Bear

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Bear is going to have a holiday …

Bear and the Princess are going to go touring in country NSW. We just need to get away because Vevencia has been fighting cancer for 3 years and the latest PET scan today looks clear. She has been through so much.

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We both like just driving and visiting interesting places in old country Australia. So I thought we would visit a few cousins and take pictures.

I just had a thought might take a picture of every old Post Office in the towns we go through.

We will start with home Stanthorpe QLD 4380 …

If we are not enjoying ourselves too much I will take pics and share as we go. No other posts for awhile.

Have a good day Bear

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I love wood boats of yesteryear …

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She is a glamor!

I have water skied since 11 years of age that is 55 years ago and of course the boats then were timber. Having always admired the beauty and craftsmanship of these boats I save images that I come across to a Pinterest page Wooden Boats.


Here is a gallery of a few that I have collected …

I hope you enjoyed these images if so go to my Pinterest page Wood Boats there is a few thousand more images to view. Obviously there is a lot of devotees to wooden boats.

That would burn your eyebrows


Hope you enjoyed.

WALMARTIANS September 2018 …

WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS CRAZY HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DRESS FROM SHOPPERS AT WALMART

Have been saving images of shoppers at Walmart for years now. Eight I think!

The People of Walmart have closed their page and Bear thought you might be suffering withdrawal so I will share some each month of the thousands of pics I have collected. (Date order from the beginning)


To view the slideshow you only have to click an image and be totally amazed again …


YOU HAVE TO BE AMAZED AT THAT

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Big thanks contributors to Bear Tales over the years we loved the laughs, but most of all thanks for the entertainment WALMARTIANS our life would have been totally boring without you.

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WALMARTIANS August 2018 …

WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS CRAZY HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DRESS FROM SHOPPERS AT WALMART

Have been saving images of shoppers at Walmart for years now. Eight I think!

The People of Walmart have closed their page and Bear thought you might be suffering withdrawal so I will share some each month of the thousands of pics I have collected. (Date order from the beginning)


To view the slideshow you only have to click an image and be totally amazed again …


YOU HAVE TO BE AMAZED AT THAT

Bear disturbing

Big thanks contributors to Bear Tales over the years we loved the laughs, but most of all thanks for the entertainment WALMARTIANS our life would have been totally boring without you.

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Donation for coffee

Like viewing my posts please buy a coffee.

A$5.00