The Last Week – Thursday August 24th to Wednesday August 30th Days 49 to 57
The trip back across the Nullarbor was quite a rush with a couple of bush camps before heading south from Balladonia via Condingup to Esperance where the group were entertained at a casserole evening meal on Sunday 27th August, a very enjoyable occasion.
The trekkers then headed to Hopetoun where they were entertained at the property of Colin Hughes and Sue Leighton whose talents have transformed their gateway into a work of art. The tractor visited the Jerdacuttup School where all 13 students greeted Charlie. These children are very involved in the flora of their area and enjoy working with different mediums using floral themes. A tour of the area also involved a visit to the site of flood damage to the Jerdacuttup River.
The Hopetoun Men in Sheds were pleased to have Charlie and the group check out their fabulous operations and vegie garden, then a chance to admire a local restorers and collectors shed before admiring the silos art at Ravensthorpe.
Then once again Charlie was on the move via Lake King where the tractor visited both the school and playgroup which was a highlight for all the children and also the travellers. The journey continued via Hyden to Corrigin where some of the group joined the local Rotary Club meeting for an enjoyable meal.
Come Wednesday August 30th, Charlie was piped back into the grounds of the Dowerin Field Days by Llewyn Green who had gracefully undertaken this same duty to send us on our way on July 7th from Wundowie. The tractor was enthusiastically welcomed to the ELDERS stand by their Western Zone Manager, James Cornish.
This was a fitting end to a very successful round Australia trip of over 14,000 kilometers to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of when ‘Tail End Charlie’ completed a similar journey in 1957.
Many thanks to the 2017 Re-enactment team:
George Baldwin Smoky Bay SA
Steve & Barbara Bull UK
Ron & Kerry Bywaters Wundowie WA
Steve and Debbie Day NZ
Jeff & Wendy Fordham Badgingarra WA
Dick & Barbara Garnett Gnowangerup WA
Derek Henderson Bullsbrook WA
Also a big THANK YOU to all those who followed our travels via this Webpage.
The people we met along the away, their interest and support and their donations made this a memorable and successful event.