We had an early start but the temperature today wasn't too bad only 28. We headed to the cemetery, was looking for a grave of a girl I spent a lot of time with in Primary school, her name was Myra. She never left Longreach and I found out she died when she was 50ish. Sadly I didn't find it. I did however find the grave of our neighbors the Springer's and a friend of Mum's who was buried along side her only son who was killed in a light plane crash in Longreach many years ago. I photographed the graves to show to my sisters. I left the cemetery and we headed for the Catholic Church of St Brigid, the church was so familiar, and comforting. I put my m
Money in the box and bought several candles, lit them and said some prayers. The close of a small but great part of my life.
We headed down to the main street to have a look. The old arcade was still there but the lingerie shop where Mum used to buy our PJs etc for school was long gone. The old Golden Gate Café where we would go every week after picking up our comics that were flown in every Wednesday and have a spider (large glass coke and ice cream). The Commercial Hotel was we would go to dinner had burnt down; now $2 shops Target, time to leave.
We drove out to the Stockman's Hall of Fame opened in 1988. (PA). I thought it was wonderful. The Hall consists of 6 Galleries;
3. Outback Properties
4. Royal Flying Doctor Service and Information Centre
5. Stock Workers
6. Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery.
There was also the biography and photo of many 'Unsung Heroes' in poster format in all the Galleries, included were amazing women from the Outback including the Aboriginal women who worked on many of the Stations.
It was a great experience and would recommend it, the people there are great.
The Cattleman's Bar and Grill is located across the road from the Hall so we headed over there on the recommendation of one of the staff. She is an old Longreach resident, loved a chat and was lucky enough to spend some time with her and she filled in a few of the gaps.
The Bar is set in an outside environment with a roof and the biggest overhead fan I have ever seen. There is also a lovely enclosed function area. A lovely couple Helen and Cam manages it. Helen organized our beers and advised that they have Happy Hour 5.30 to 6.30 and would be a good opportunity to meet locals and visitors. We had a look at the Menu, had a small tasting, made a reservation for dinner and headed off.
Enjoyed a bit of R&R by the pool. Time then to dolly up and head out. We walked over, not a lot of people there this week. Cam and his daughter were there. As always happens in the bush you ask 'Where did you go to school?' I told them I went to All Hallows in Brisbane and he said he went to Churchie, AA who was there asked him if he was an Altar boy. What do you mean??? AA said you go to church so I just thought it followed. I thought he was going to collapse, we couldn't stop laughing, funniest thing he'd heard.
Great night, great steaks AGAIN, wonderful company and lots of laughs. OH the sunset would make you cry.
Went home to get organized for the next big day to Mount Isa.