In accord with the club decision to restore Well 5 on the Canning Stock Route (CSR), Ross Smith (leader), Patsy Smith, Ivan Siviour, Stan and Noreen Snook together with volunteers (and technical advisors), Les and James Masters from Gingin arrived at the site on 18 May 2004. Well 5 is located on Granite Peak Station 254 miles north east of Wiluna.
It took three long days of hard work to complete the restoration work.
Ross transported a new well cover, windlass, bucket and barrier fence and other material required to complete the restoration work. Station owner Jim Quadrio provided cement, sand, aggregate and concrete mixer. He also generously provided a front-end loader to shift material and clean up the site on the final day of the restoration work.
On arrival at the site it became apparent that it would be a big, risky undertaking. One side of the well had washed in below ground level apparently from a flash flood some time ago. A number of timbers had suffered severe termite damage and in some places had fallen into the well. To add to the drama there was also a large King Brown in the well and most unhappy to be swimming 10 metres below the surface.
The first task was to dig down as far as possible to allow positioning of corrugated iron as form work for a concrete pour. During the digging rocks and soil fell into the well and disturbed the unhappy snake even further.
A large quantity of concrete was poured behind the existing well timbers. The concrete surround that rises above the ground, will now ensure the well top is above possible flash floods.
Resulted in the finishing touches of putting the well cover, windlass in place and setting the bucket in operation. More concrete was prepared and put in place to secure the well cover and frame. The ‘Cat’ front-end loader arrived mid-morning and enabled site clean up and soil placement on the well surround. The pre-fabricated fence panels and entry gate were put in place with the commemoration plaque secured to the original well lid cover.
All in all, the team worked very hard to achieve the club’s objective of restoring Well 5. Throughout the days Patsy and Noreen ensured a regular supply of refreshments and prepared a diverse and excellent menu. In addition they assisted with rock picking, shovelling and some crow bar work.
The final touches of the restoration were put in place for Well 5 to enable travellers to draw good water at this point on the Canning Stock Route.
Special thanks to volunteers Les and James Masters for their excellent technical advice and on the job expertise. Ross lead by example and mixed all the concrete required for the project. Meanwhile Ivan and Stan provided the shovel power until Ivan expertly took control of the large front-end loader and achieved in minutes what would have taken a day.
Thanks and acknowledgement to the following people is appropriate for their contribution of time or materials towards the project:
Mal and Trish Taylor, club members who with Ross and Patsy Smith carried out the initial project assessment of Well 5.
- Bill East – East’s Engineering Services, Hazelmere
- Nick Di Candillo – Di Candillo’s, Bellevue
- Don Prince – Drafting and Design, Wannamal
Two couples travelled by road from W.A.in searing heat to arrive at the Moss’s place and two previous members by air in the midst of the Tamworth Music Festival. Being early meant that they could take in some of the activety. Towards the end of the week members arrived day after day from S.A. & N.S.W,caravans of all decriptions arrived. Great to catch up with lots of members that went on the Tasmania Trek.
Meeting was changed from hall to Moss’s property as it was a beautiful setting and peaceful, a cloudy day for the meeting held outside. Meeting was a very good one, as we combined both the Eastern States and W.A meeting together, got everything done then into the social side of things. There was 30 members plus 2 visitors former members.
Nicolette and Allan were perfect hosts for all of us, they grow lucerne under irrigation all year round. Had everything ready that we needed when we got there ,caravans parked everwhere on the grassed area. Members enjoyed different shows, events, everyday they were there at the Music Festival. What a great idea to combine the two events.
Bob and Chris taking a break heading into Barn Hill
This is the link to follow the Trekkers on The 4 Desert Trek on at the moment
Eastern States Branch’s 3 week trek was a good success to Dubbo, but very cold. They stayed every night in parks, as they needed power to run heaters every night.
There were quite a few new trekkers from Tasmania,Parkes to name a few, there was a good roll up for the meeting.
Sunday 29th August, Jenny and Neville, President and Secretary, of the Eastern States Branch, drove to Wee Waa to catch up with the tractor trekkers from W.A. on there return trip to their respective homes in W.A.
Four tractors arrived in Byron Bay on the 24th August and they include George and Anne Bass, Allan Faulkner, Cedar Armstrong and Harry James. Dennis Hill went home from Birdsville. The four tractors looked like they had travelled across Australia. They were all very pleased to have got there, but had some very trying times in doing so. Hope they get home safely.
(They are home safe and sound)
Eastern States have arranged for there AGM to be held in Allora near Warwick. Please give some thought to going in your tractors as they are featuring Chamberlains at their show and it would be a good opportunity to support our Queensland members at this event.
Please email for contact details
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Day 24: July 20 KENTUCKY TO MISSOURI
First stop was at Paduca to visit a Quilt Museum, but our early morning getaway was halted when it was discovered that the Museum did not open until 10.00am. Time is never wasted however – George had a flat tyre which needed repair, and Carolyn needed to type the web notes from their trip to Memphis, so the hour was well spent. Others wandered around the town or enjoyed the Ohio River which ran behind the Museum’s large buildings. Once entry was gained, the Museum was quite amazing, housing quilts dating back to the 1800’s and showing every ‘Quilt of the Year’ for many past years – all very worthy winners. Some of the exhibits, while looking exacting like their sewn counterparts, were actually made from wood – quite inventive and very attractive.
Today was the day when everyone was to rely on their GPS for instructions on how to get to the designated spot – no more concerns about whether we were on the wrong road, no more frayed nerves! Famous last words – by the time we had all left the city of Paduca, not one vehicle was on track. Allan’s RV and the tractors headed up Route 45 instead of down Route 60 and Ron & Kerry in their RV found themselves in Metropolis in no time flat which was not on the itinerary either! Never fear ‘Mary’ would find the way – and find it she did for us, via dirt roads not even in the map book! Meanwhile the tractors did a scenic tour of a town called Viena and were led back to the chosen path by Curt, a helpful local.
A highlight of the day was traveling over the almost new bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, the Bill E Emerson Memorial Bridge, named for a past Congressman. Not far out of the Cape, we were met by Bob Schmidt and guided to Altenburg, arriving by 3.30pm. Several people assembled to greet us, including Bob Schmidt who has offered to be our host for the overnight stay. We were made very welcome by Carla Jordan, Director at the Lutheran Heritage Centre and Museum and offered accommodation at the Fairgrounds, a very pleasant, shady area with good facilities. Then, once everyone had arrived by 6.00pm, we were advised that dinner was to be provided at the local ‘Mississippi Mud’ Tavern and that breakfast was organized at Dib Deli for 8.00am Tuesday morning. These wonderful Americans never cease to amaze us with their friendliness and generosity. The meal at the “Mississippi Mud’ was really enjoyable and we were able to chat with Bob and his wife Diane.
Day 25: July 21 MISSOURI
The breakfast at Dib Deli was very much enjoyed and again we met interested locals who wished us well. Then it was only a short walk to the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum where Bob Schmidt gave an enlightening talk about the area’s history which began in the USA when immigrants left Saxon, Germany in 1838 and some settled around what is now known as Perry County. Bob is President of the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society and is a proud 5th generation of the Schmidt family in America.
The Museum contains a wealth of wonderful exhibits, from original wedding dresses from yesteryear to an old ice-cream maker, found recently in a Church attic. Next Bob showed the group through their very beautiful Church which has some truly inspiring old Communion ware brought from Germany – a gold and white gold Chalice dates back to 1707 when it was a gift to a Polish Princess. It was in use until 1967 when because of its value it was replaced for normal use. Other items date back to 1839. The Church lost its spire in May when very high winds ripped through the area, however it is surprisingly still in one piece and work is due to commence very soon on repairs and replacement on the roof. Church Park, opposite the Church, is a lovely area with a pathway leading to two very historic buildings. The ‘Log Cabin Concordia Seminary’ was moved about ¼ mile to this site in 1911 by a team of horses and given what repairs were needed after arrival. The other is ‘Saxon Bog House’ a 1800’s home which has been donated to the Historical Society. Both buildings are now protected for future generations by covering roofs. The government was approached to help with the first roof – they sent no money, just a set of plans!
After lunch, Bob guided our tractors (minus the campers) on a couple of interesting stops – firstly his farm to show the boys some of his wonderful old tractors, including Fordsons built in 1919 and 1925 and an old Lincoln. Then it was off to see the Grand Tower Pipeline Bridge at Wittenberg which carries natural gas from Chicago to Texas. This bridge over the turbulent waters of the Mississippi is the second longest of its type in the US. Close by is Tower Rock, an imposing rock in the middle of the River – another great photo opportunity. By the time we returned to the fairgrounds, it was mid-afternoon and time for our next host, Vernon Bruckerhoff, to take the reins. He guided us to the Henman Winery, the proprietors of which kindly offered to open specially for us so we could sample their extensive range of German wines (which we did), then on to a Al’s Place in McBride MO for a great chicken dinner, before driving to his farm to stay.