When we were kids, whenever my sisters and I were bundled into the car, invariably one of us would ask "Dad...where are we going"? The usual response from Dad was "There and back to see how far it is". Within these pages Sharon and I have tried to capture our experiences and impressions of the places and people we've come across whilst trying to find out for ourselves "..how far it is".
6 Aug 2011 - Gettin' about town
Today we took in some of the history and culture of the town of Hawker by following the "Hawker Heritage Walk". This is a small booklet you can by from the local servo' that shows a map of the town, with each point of interest numbered. There's a description, and brief history, of each stop and the tour takes you from one end of town to the other, so you wind up walking a fair distance. Many of the buildings mentioned were built in the late 1800's, and range from private accommodation for one of the station families when visiting town, to several commercial properties that have seen many changes of use.
I was a bit surprised to find that the "Ghan" railway once passed by here. There are reminders of this in the old station and the purposes of some of the other buildings such as the boarding house and the mill.
Later in the day we visited the gallery of world renowned artist Jeff Morgan. The unique features of this gallery are the room that houses a 360 degree panorama, and another that displays three huge murals. The largest painting is 15 metres long, 5 metres tall and took 3,000 hours to complete.