Into the Outback

Longreach is on the Capricorn Highway and is the gateway into the fabled outback of Australian history. In the 1800’s strong,determined men and women opened up this country, creating huge station properties and battling nature as it threw all the elements of floods,fire, flies,famine drought and disease. Not to mention loneliness, as they established a great pastoral industry in this vast area. Cattle and sheep were the back-bone of this land and the drovers created a legend. That legend is told in the “Stockman’s Hall of Fame”.

Stockman’s Hall of Fame

The eight foot bronze statue of the drover appears to dwarf the building from this view, but the building is a beautifully designed work of art with 3 floors and interesting displays interspersed with videos and artifacts of life on the land. Around the walls story boards told the life stories of people from all walks of life. Some sad, all inspirational. We spent 5 hours looking around. It is a tribute to the original group of people that had the vision splendid to create this national museum to store old artifacts of Australian history and bush heritage.

Aboriginal drover, part of large mural on one wall

Poem dedicated to the stockman

I hope this is clear enough to read, it is a beautiful, moving tribute to the stockman and drover.

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