Posts Tagged ‘central australian history

Stuart on the move, mound by mound

Mar 02, 2010 | Discuss

Stuart on the move, mound by mound

Stuart Traynor following the trail of John McDouall Stuart, who became the first white man to reach Central Australia exactly 150 years ago. Perhaps the major reason for his success was Stuart’s ability to find water: Where’s Mr Stuart? Travelling north, following the line of mound springs west of Lake Eyre Stuart, Kekwick and Head leave Chambers Creek on 2 March 1860 with 13 horses. It is very hot and dry. Little do they realise that within a week the skies will open up and they will ha...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Feb 24, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

A regular update on what explorer John McDouall Stuart was doing exactly 150 years ago, with Alice Springs historian STUART TRAYNOR. Where’s Mr Stuart? Camped in a stone hut at Chambers Creek (now Stuart Creek) which runs into Lake Eyre South Stuart has spent the hot summer months of November, December and January in the vicinity of Mount Margaret, part of the Davenport Range south of Oodnadatta. He was sent there by James Chambers and William Finke to survey some proposed leases for Philip Le...Read more

Peg Nelson

Feb 06, 2010 | 2 Comments

Peg Nelson

Peg Nelson was about as close as you could get to a living link with the early white settlement of Central Australia. She was born when white women in the Centre were a rarity. The Alice Springs she knew as a child was “the Stuart Arms pub, a police station, a couple of stores and three or four private homes,”  with supplies arriving twice a year by camel train. But in her last years, spent at the Old Timers Home she helped to create, she was loved by many simply for what she was: ...Read more