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Friday, 29 May 2009

Coopers Crossing

29 May – Friday

A very cold start to the day, no frost fortunately, but a vicious southerly wind. Beautiful blue skies, though.

Checked out the local Woolworths first thing, as well as the service station – diesel is $1.19 here, compared to $1.12 in Melbourne. It would be nice to think that this will be the most expensive we will pay!!!

We headed for Rupanyup, the birthplace of my mother and five of her siblings. The family lived in Rupanyup until approximately 1930. I was hoping to be able to locate where they actually lived, however, the Shire Council had forwarded the valuation rolls to Archives only last month. I was lucky to find a photograph, in an historical society publication, of the butcher’s shop my grandfather had. The caption did mention that one of the butchers had been a McLean. It is a small, but very friendly, country town, the school my mother attended is still there, the post office and quite a few old houses.

We then travelled to Minyip, famous as the town of Coopers Crossing in The Flying Doctors television series. Emma’s garage is next to the Flying Doctors base (actually the Senior Citizens) and opposite the Majestic Hotel. The hotel has a function room dedicated to the series, with lots of photos on the walls. It certainly brought back memories, especially a very young Rebecca Gibney as Emma! (Apologies for the quality of the photo, but the sun was directly behind the building and quite low. Not great photographic conditions!)

Back to Horsham for a look at the Wimmera River – Cat loved the big gum trees here – and the Botanical Gardens.

Tomorrow we will head for Mount Gambia, via Hamilton.


Denise and Barry said...

I don't know if it is doing us any good following your blog. We are very envious of you both. We are at Ross caravan park frezzing our buts off!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you've got lots of photos of mum's township - will be interested to see them.