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North-West_1956

These images are scans from Kodak Transparencies taken by my Father in 1956 when he toured the north west of Australia in his Wolseley sedan. It was a hard journey over rough unsealed roads and supplies, including extra fuel, had to be carried in the vehicle. I believe the trip took six weeks and he was accompanied by his friends Cyril and Tony. These scenes are now over 50 years old and of historical interest. Titles and descriptions have been added where possible.

Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 197 of 197 Total. 21984 Visits.
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001 RouteTravelled
Departed from Konnongorring and travelled in anti-clockwise direction.

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002 Flats between Wubin and Paynes Find

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003 Goldfields Woodlands

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004 Payne's Find Hotel

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005 Heading North

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008 Wide Open Spaces

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011 Northern Goldfields Ghost Town
Possibly Big Bell or Day Dawn.

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013 Main Street of Cue

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015 Town of Meekatharra

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016 Royal Mail Hotel at Meekatharra

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017 Road Train at Meekatharra

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018 Road Signpost
This way to Peak Hill, Nullagine and Marble Bar.

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020 The Road
A two-wheel track with protruding stones.

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021 Dry Creek Bed

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022 Spinifex and Gum Trees

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023 Stony Ground

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024 Houses
Possibly at Peak Hill. Note the "Cool Room" at the back made by packing Spinifex between wire netting and cooled by trickling water.

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025 Station Windmill and Tank

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027 Kangaroo in the wild

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028 Beside a Petrol Bowser

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029 North West Town
Possibly Nullagine.

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030 Cyril at an old Mine Site

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031 Coloured Rocks of the Pilbara

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032 North West Town
Possibly Nullagine.

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033 Wolseley in Pilbara Landscape

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034 Grading the Road

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035 Town of Marble Bar
The world record for the longest sequence of days above 100°Fahrenheit (or 37.8° on the Celsius scale) is held by Marble Bar in the inland Pilbara district of Western Australia. The temperature, measured under standard exposure conditions, reached or exceeded the century mark every day from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924, a total of 160 days.

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036 Marble Bar Government Buildings
In 1894-95 the Government Offices (now a series of National Trust listed buildings) were constructed out of local stone with corrugated iron roofs and elaborate stuccoed window dressings. Located just west of Sandy Creek on General Street they are the most impressive set of buildings in the town.

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037 Marble Bar Landscape

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038 Marble Bar
Marble Bar was named after a local deposit of mineral first thought to be marble, but which later proved to be jasper (a highly coloured cryptocrystalline variety of quartz) which crosses the Coongan River about 5 km west of the town.

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039 Marble Bar
The local deposit of mineral first thought to be marble, but which later proved to be jasper (a highly coloured cryptocrystalline variety of quartz).

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040 Marble Bar Pool
A popular swimming area for locals.

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044 Pilbara Landscape
Spinifex in the foreground, large Termite Mounds and ranges in the background.

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047 Aboriginal Girl poses for the Camera

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048 Port Hedland Post Office

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049 Port Hedland Police Station

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050 Port Hedland Wharf

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051 Near Port Hedland

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052 Heading North to Broome

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053 Spider Web

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054 Campfire

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055 Broome beyond Roebuck Plains

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056 Broome

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057 Pearling Lugger at Broome

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058 Broome

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059 Broome

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060 Broome

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061 Gantheaume Point at Broome

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062 Japanese Pearl Divers Cemetery at Broome

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063 Japanese Pearl Divers Cemetery at Broome

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064 Long Timber Jetty at Broome

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065 Broome War Memorial

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066 Dampiers Chest at Broome
A memorial to explorer William Dampier who first visited the area in 1688.

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067 River Crossing

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068 Fitzroy River

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069 Kimberley Cattle

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070 Water Trough for Cattle

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071 Water Trough
Derby boasts the "Longest Water Trough in the World".

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072 Artesian Water

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073 Boab Tree near Derby
The Australian boab tree (Adansonia gregorii) is related to the Madagascan and African Adansonia species known as baobabs.

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074 Boab Tree near Derby
The boab tree, a Kimberley Icon, is found only in the Western Australia Kimberley region, is used as food, medicine, shelter, for art work and even as a prison cell.

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075 Fisherman at Derby

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076 Cane Grass

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077 Ivanhoe Research Station

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078 Ivanhoe Rice Fields

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079 Rice Fields

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080 Rice Plant

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081 Fresh Water Crocodiles

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083 Siloutte of Sphinx-like Head

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084 Town in the foothills of a Range
Possibly Fitzroy Crossing.

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086 Rocky Outcrop

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088 Geikie Gorge on the Fitzroy River

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089 Geikie Gorge

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090 Geikie Gorge

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092a Large Termite Mound

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092 Kangaroo on Lookout

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093 Emergency Water
Tony inspects the drum of emergency water placed beside the road to assist travellers.

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094 Fishing

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095 Landscape

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096 Boggy Section of Road

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097 Sturt Desert Pea

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098 Heavy Haulage

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100 Whim Creek Hotel

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101 Cattle Grid

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102 Bogged in the Sand

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103 Sunlit Hillside

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104 Gorge in Hamersley Range

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105 Hamersley Range

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106 Steep Walls of Gorge

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107 Steep Walls of Gorge

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108 Hamersley Ranges

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109 Town of Wittenoom

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110 Wittenoom Hotel

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111 Dining at Wittenoom Hotel

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112 Blue Asbestos
The deadly Blue Asbestos was mined at Wittenoom.

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114 Wittenoom Landscape

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116 Summit of Mt Herbert
This stone carn has since collapsed.

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117 View from Mt Herbert

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118 View from Mt Herbert

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119 Mt Herbert
Truck laden with bags of Blue Asbestos negotiating the winding Chichester Pass Road from Wittenoom for shipment from Point Samson.

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120 Python Pool at the base of Mt Herbert

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121 Pyramid Hill east of Roebourne

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122 Creek Crossing

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123 Boiling The Billy

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124 Wildflowers

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126 Historic Stone Building
Possibly at Roebourne.

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127 Overlooking Cossack

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128 Mud Crab

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129 Minderoo Station

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130 Vegetable Garden at Minderoo Station

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131 On Minderoo Station

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132 On Minderoo Station

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133 On Minderoo Station

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134 Wildflowers
Millstream Swainsona (Swainsona pterostylis).

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135 Carpet of Everlastings

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136 Minderoo Station
Grassed area around Homestead.

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137 Minderoo Station Homestead

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138 Main Street of Onslow

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139 Onslow

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140 Fresh Bream

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141 Ashburton River Bridge

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142 Ashburton River Bridge

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143 Aproaching Carnarvon

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144 Carnarvon Whaling Station
Carnarvon, like many coastal towns at the turn of the 20th century, began commercial whale hunting. As early as 1912, whaling ships were operating in the waters off Carnarvon.

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145 Whale On Slipway
In the 1950's the Federal Government helped fund a whaling station at Babbage Island.

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146 Whale On Slipway
This station became one of the most modern whaling shore stations in the world. It was believed that over 600 whales were killed per season.

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147 Carnarvon Whaling Station
Fortunately by the 1960's whaling ceased. The station was sold to the Nor-West Whaling Company (later to be renamed the Nor-West Seafoods).

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148 Harpoons
The 'Nor-West Seafoods' converted the whaling station into a factory for processing prawns, Shark Bay banana prawns to be exact.

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149 Whale Oil Tanks
The company is still processing prawns and even running seasonal whale and dolphin watching tours.

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150 Production Tally
Date: 11 July 1956.

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151 Carnarvon One-Mile Jetty

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152 School Children at Carnarvon

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153 School Children with Teacher

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154 Dry Bed of Gascoyne River

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155 Bales of Wool for Shipment

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156 Steam Engine

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157 Carnarvon Hospital

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158 Carnarvon War Memorial

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159 Gascoyne Hotel at Carnarvon

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160 Main Street of Carnarvon

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161 Gascoyne River

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162 Plantation at Carnarvon

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163 Banana Flower

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164 Bananas

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165 Paw Paws

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170 The Long Road Ahead

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172 Fuel Depot
Note the 44-gallon drums of fuel.

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173 Cyril watching Artesian Water

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174 Artesian Water

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175 Hamelin Pool

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176 Hamelin Pool

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177 Shell Blocks at Hamelin Bay

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178 Station Entrance

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179 Galena Lead Mine

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180 Murchison River

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181 Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church at Northampton
Our Lady in Ara Coeli Church (c.1936). This fascinating building was designed by the legendary Monsignor Hawes with some influence from the Parish Priest of the time Father Irwin.

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182 Church at Northampton

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183 Near Northampton

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184 Stone Ruins
Possibly Convict Prison Ruins at Port Gregory.

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185 Overlooking Geraldton

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186 St Francis Xavier Cathedral at Geraldton
Famed architect Monsignor Hawes designed this magnificent building in the heart of Geraldton. The parish priest arrived in Geraldton in 1915 to work on the cathedral – regarded as one of his finest works. The cathedral’s foundation stone was laid in 1916 and the building was completed in 1938.

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187 Overlooking Geraldton

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188 Church at Geraldton

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189 Geraldton Wharf

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190 Leaning Trees of Greenough
Buffeted by prevailing southerly winds, the trees' horizontal trunks have become something of an icon for the region of Greenough.

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191 Historic Buildings at Greenough
Greenough Historical Settlement where character stone buildings are remnants of a once thriving community of pioneers who developed the area at the turn of the 19th century.

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192 Rainbow at Dongara

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193 Dramatic Sky at Dongara

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194 Approaching New Norcia

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195 Welcome Home
Tony watches as Cyril is welcomed by his family.

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196 The End

 
   
 
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