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Day One in Longreach

Day 30 - Sunday 9 June 2013

A bit cloudy today - forecast is 15 to 25 degrees - yesterday it got to 28 degrees. We started the day with eggs and bacon for breakfast, and plan to go to the Qantas Founders Museum and the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame today. While we are booked in for three nights in Longreach we are contemplating another night as there is a long list of things to do in Longreach. After breakfast a brolga wandered past our van - there are quite a few of them wandering around the park.

A Brolga wandering through the caravan park

A Brolga wandering through the caravan park

We started the day's tourist activities with a visit to the Qantas Founder's Museum which was established on the site of the original Qantas hanger at Longreach Airport. In 1919 Hudson Fysh and Paul McGuinness surveyed an air route through northern Australia from Longreach to Darwin in a 1919 Model T Ford Ute. This venture gave them the idea of forming an airline and they established Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) in 1920. While Mcguinness parted company with the airline in 1922, Fysh was appointed manager in 1923 and went on to be Chief Executive and later chairman of Qantas until his retirement in 1966.

Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach

Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach

Original Qantas hanger at Longreach

Original Qantas hanger at Longreach

1919 Model T Ford Ute

1919 Model T Ford Ute

During the 1920s Qantas built 8 De Havilland DH 50 aircraft under licence and became the only airline to build its own aircraft.

Avro 504K bi-plane circa 1920

Avro 504K bi-plane circa 1920

DeHavilland DH50 Iris bi-plane

DeHavilland DH50 Iris bi-plane

DeHavilland DH61 Apollo bi-plane

DeHavilland DH61 Apollo bi-plane

Qantas Longreach airport transfer

Qantas Longreach airport transfer

Qantas Douglas DC3

Qantas Douglas DC3

Rolls Royce jet engine

Rolls Royce jet engine

Qantas Boeing 747 Jumbo

Qantas Boeing 747 Jumbo

After our visit the Qantas Museum we returned to the caravan park for lunch and a chance to put our feet up. Then it was off to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was opened in 1988 and is dedicated to the pioneers of the outback.

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Merchants wagon

Merchants wagon

Bullock dray

Bullock dray

Furphy's water cart

Furphy's water cart

Replica slab hut

Replica slab hut

Slab hut interior 1

Slab hut interior 1

Slab hut interior 2

Slab hut interior 2

As we had only seen about half of the displays we got pass outs as we left and will be back tomorrow to see the rest of the displays. We finished the day with dinner at the Woolshed Restaurant at the caravan park. Being roast night the choice was roast beef or roast pork with roast potatoes and vegies, followed by choc chip bread and butter pudding or lemon sauced pudding. The entertainment at dinner was a country and western singer.

Posted by TwoAces 16:06

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