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Published: June 26th 2019
We learned yesterday that we wouldn’t be needed at the Museum until the afternoon because the Yr 9 students from the Kimba Area School were conducting a presentation on local history at the complex. So we turned to the tourist brochures we have and decided a drive out to Secret Rocks would be a good way to fill in our time until our 12:30 start time.
Secret Rocks – also known as Refuge Rocks – are 41kms east of Kimba. They are a large granite outcrop that would have given shelter for wandering aboriginal tribes whilst also providing them with a water supply from the few rockpools at the top. Explorer Eyre and his expedition party used them as a rest camp on their trek west in 1841. The area today – about 10sq km - is well fenced in an effort to keep out various herbivore because in recent years they found the area to be a breeding ground for mallee fowl. Didn’t see any of the birds there today but there is good evidence of the revegetation program currently being undertaken. Magnificent views from the top!
After finishing our volunteer work early in the afternoon we again drove east 17kms to Lake Gillies Conservation Park. This serene area is a semi-arid mallee landscape with a few trees being dated as 80years old. The salt water lake glistened beautifully as the afternoon sun shone.
Grey Nomad Volunteer Program: as mentioned just before we didn’t have to rock up for “work” until 12:30 at which time we were introduced to Pat, one of the volunteers of the Historical Society. She gave us a brief introduction as to how the museum came to be and then John and I went our different ways so that we could get on with tasks at hand.
My time will be spent on data entry as they endeavour to save records from yesteryear. Today I was typing up Minutes dating back to 1956 when they proposed to erect a community hall. Tomorrow will be more of the same for me, I imagine. It makes for interesting reading.
John was out in the workshop and his two hours were taken up by
trying to remove years of tarnish from a brass kerosene stove; a dirty, mind numbing exercise but one that will eventually lead to a fully restored piece of equipment. He is hoping for something a bit more exciting tomorrow so hopefully he will complete the stove job quickly.
We will be there for a “full day” tomorrow, but as that is only 9:30 – 2:30 we will still have time for ourselves. Apparently there will be a free “sausage sizzle” lunch tomorrow so we are not sure how much work will get done after lunch!
Hopefully we will get some photos of the museum tomorrow.
Tonight though, we have been invited to join a few of the museum volunteers for tea at the local pub.
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