Outback Camping Trip Day 3 - Lake Broadwater to Mitchell

September 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday 6 Sep 2015

Our mysterious neighbour finally appeared this morning - a man in his sixties or seventies. We exchanged pleasantries but nothing more.

We are taking the time to stop at the Miles Historical Village as we see it every time we pass this way, but are always heading for somewhere else and reluctant to stop. It has a huge number of exhibits.

You know you are getting old when you visit a museum and find familiar items from your childhood. I remember using hurricane lamps on the farm.

Hurricane Lamp, Miles Historical MuseumHurricane Lamp, Miles Historical Museum

Kerosene refrigerators were still being used in the late 60's in the cabins on North Keppel Island.

Kerosene Refrigerator, Miles Historical MuseumKerosene Refrigerator, Miles Historical Museum

Who remembers pounds, shillings and pence? Here's a manual pre-decimal currency adding machine. I used something similar, although a later model, at work in the mid 1960s. The keyboard is interesting with  "10" and "11" keys for pence, and a shillings column that only allows values up to 19.

Pre-decimal currency manual adding machine, Miles Historical MusPre-decimal currency manual adding machine, Miles Historical Mus

Butcher shops have certainly changed from the days they had sawdust on the floor and wooden chopping blocks.

Butcher Shop, Miles Historical MuseumButcher Shop, Miles Historical Museum

My mother's uncle had a printing business and I remember a hot metal type-setting machine like this. A bit different to today's computer software page layout systems.

Print shop,, Miles Historical MuseumPrint shop,, Miles Historical Museum

I sat at desks like this in primary school. School Room, Miles Historical MuseumSchool Room, Miles Historical Museum

Here are a few other items I found interesting.

Railway Memorabilia, Miles Historical MuseumRailway Memorabilia, Miles Historical Museum Shipping cases, Miles Historical MuseumShipping cases, Miles Historical Museum

 

Motor Garage Reconstruction, Miles Historical MuseumMotor Garage Reconstruction, Miles Historical Museum

We stopped for the night at Mitchell Caravan Park. We did look at a couple of free camping areas - the Weir and Fisherman's Rest - but there were too many people and too few toilets.


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