seaton’s farm: a labour of love and necessity

You can still smell the sweat and feel hard work that has gone into the property as you wander around the Seaton Farm.  Farming in the late depression years was challenging.  The Seatons worked the land, built the structures, created dams and these marvellous fences.

This property is a credit to the Seatons and their endurance, courage and tirelessness.

The property is part of the Weddin Mountains National Park (near Grenfell NSW), probably more famous for Ben Hall’s Cave.  The walk to the farm and its surrounds captured my imagination more than the cave.

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Mungo – a pictorial of a pastoralist’s retreat

Mungo – a meeting place

Lake Mungo

Mungo National Park in south-western NSW (see map) has an ancient heritage.  Evidence of early inhabitants who lived and cared for this land over 45000 years ago were discovered here. This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.

Today three Aboriginal traditional tribal groups care for Mungo.  The Paakantji/Barkindji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people walk here in their ancestors’ footsteps.

Mungo is a part of the bigger Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.  The landscape was very different in earlier times.  The lakes were full, the land abundant with wallaby and the lakes with shellfish.

Mungo is a special place with the land resting more easily now since the pastoralists have moved on.

mobile sand dune Mungo NP walls of China Mungo NP

The Contrasts of Yampi Sound

man leaves his scars

so radically different

from nature’s surrounds

 

 

 

Vansittart Bay Art & Nature

A small and remote bay in the Kimberley is where you find Jar Island and the outstanding and old Gwion Gwion art.  It could be 50000 years old.  Aboriginal legend attributes the creation of the art to birds.

The dating of the Gwion Gwion art is controversial.  No pigment actually remains on the rock surface, making carbon dating impossible.  However a fossilised wasp nest covers part of the paintings and this was carbon dated in 1996.  It was dated at over 17000 years old.

Standing near the Gwion Gwion art, whether they are 17000 or 50000 years old, is a humbling experience.

Time stands still here.

rusting relics at Lightning Ridge

here I sit on a mound of dust

take a photograph if you must

it’s a shame you have to see me this way

waiting, empty and rusting away

fifty years ago I was at my peak

now I am just old, useless and weak

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