Posts Tagged ‘Dick Kimber

Where it all began — but when?

Nov 08, 2010 | 1 Comment

Where it all began -- but when?

For a place so deeply soaked in human story, Alice’s Old Telegraph Station still exudes an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Is it just the location — on the banks of the meandering Todd, with a waterhole nearby, the grassy banks blessed by shady gums and a sense of cool respite even on the hottest summer day? The park-like banks have of course been cultivated for many decades, but the reserve has much more to it. Its  spell begins at the top of the hill over the Charles Creek cross...Read more

Singing the water

Oct 27, 2010 | Discuss

Singing the water

Imagine a public water supply so precious and sensitive that a single mishap or inappropriate usage could signal the end of a whole tribe. Alice Springs Historian Dick Kimber has spent decades travelling in the western desert with senior Pintubi and Warlpiri men, and last weekend took an Alice Springs audience on a tour of some of the most important waterholes in their country. He also shared some of what he had learned about the way they have managed water supplies for thousands of years in one...Read more

Bankers, banker-bankers and beyond

Jan 03, 2010 | 4 Comments

Bankers, banker-bankers and beyond

Another dry year- Alice’s driest on record on fact -may make the possibiity of flooding seem remote, but dry conditions can actually contribute to quicker and more powerful flows of the river when the rain finally does come. That, say experts, is because there is no vegetation to hold run off from the rocky cliffs of the Todd’s catchment area north of Alice Springs. So just how serious can flooding get? in the first of a series, Alice Springs istorian Dick Kimber looks at the histori...Read more

The Todd Runs A Banker

Jun 01, 2009 | Discuss

By ordinary standards, the Todd may usually be `empty’. But every time it flows it soaks up more memories, more history. Every bend of the river, every tree, every bridge and causeway has a story to go with it. Historian Dick Kimber was a young man when he came to Alice Springs to teach in 1970, and as do most new arrivals, was keenly looking forward to see the legendary river come down. It took its time, but when it finally arrived made up for its long absence with a riveting performance R...Read more