Flora Valley, Sturt Creek, Ruby Plains, Springvale, Margaret River (Yougawalla), Gogo, I and L Hoare Contracting and Napier Downs (Tullocks camp out)
Flora Valley, WA
Sunday 14 June 2015
Sturt Creek Station, WA
Monday 15 June 2015
Ruby Plains, WA
Tuesday 16 June 2015
Springvale Station, WA
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Springvale homestead and rock fence which extends around most of the buildings in the complex. The rock wall is somewhat varied – different groups of workers (many of them indigenous) having worked on constructing the fences.
Springvale Station shed, which back in 1991, was the first building that Lyle and Helen and their four sons sighted at Lyle’s first job opportunity in the Kimberley during their first trip to the North. At the time Angus McClymont owned Springvale and needed a caretaker at neighbouring Bedford Downs. It wasn’t long before Lyle was able to start mending saddles and gear and, essentially, that was the beginning of our venture into making saddles and travelling the Outback on an annual basis (for details of Kent Saddlery history click here).
The pile of parcels collected the morning of June 17 from Halls Creek Post Office. Unpacking them and finding space to sort the contents is usually a challenge! It is always great to receive products from home to replenish travel stocks.
Margaret River Station, WA (Yougawalla workers at Margaret River)
Thursday 18 June 2015
Gogo Station, WA
Friday 19 June 2015
Lyle “hole punching” a belt for a customer at Gogo Station. The belt display is one of the most popular items of interest in the travelling shop. The motivation to customers is “You choose the belt; Lyle will cut and hole-punch it to (your) size.”
Gogo Station was one of Lyle and Helen’s busiest stopovers, with the combined station and contract workers visiting. Lyle and Helen appreciated their interest and support, their patience, and their willingness to serve themselves where possible.
Napier Downs, WA
Saturday 20 June 2015
Queen Victoria’s Head – Approaching Napier Downs Station along the Gibb River Road, the Napier Range comes into view and at a certain point a rock formation in the range takes on the distinctive features of Queen Victoria’s head.
Lyle and Helen had the privilege of visiting the Napier Downs stock camp away from the station at one of their
stock camps where they were spending time mustering, processing and handling Napier Downs cattle. The working day starts before sun up and sitting around the camp fire is a regular part of the day.
It was a pleasure and quite an awesome experience to observe Boof Evans, Napier Downs’ Head Stockman and the stock camp, let the weaners out of the yard. Using horses to block the weaners, the riders allow the young cattle to come out of the yards very slowly, allowing them to walk, feed and settle as they go. This procedure is repeated daily for several days.
Boof “talks” (sings) to the animals as they go. Lyle and Helen were impressed with the hushed nature of the whole operation. The result? Quiet, educated cattle and an inspirational example of stockwork, skill, and cattle care, for which Napier Downs’ Owner, Peter Leutenegger is renowned.