Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

Aldershot Queensland

This weekend we decided to visit the Wide Bay Wanderers at their monthly site for a visit..It was very warm and members made us feel very welcome,the first evening was a meal provided by the local Scout group,very tasty and cheap earning the scouts around $700! not bad for a small community.As usual we made new friends and sat up till late chatting about this n that with new pals  Kevin & Kay  (ex Yachters who have sailed every where !!also dwelling in Hervey Bay ) on getting back to the RV ,the solar lighting had given up along with the fridge and telly !! We discovered the  inverter (powered by Solar) was actually draining our in bus power !! Next day (Saturday lunch was provided by food that was cooked in a huge pit fire where large cast iron pots were placed on the embers and burning embers placed on top of the heavily lidded pots and the food was unbelievably tender and very tasty ! the Solar panels have now replenished our house batteries and all is working well except the faulty inverter that fortunately is still covered by warranty !!

A little on Aldershot :-a former industrial town, is eight km north-west of Maryborough,  Sandy Creek is on its southern border. In 1888 the Queensland Smelting Co Ltd was formed in England, and built a smelting works where it was thought there would be fuel from the Burrum coalfield. In that they were mistaken, but coal at Howard was not far away, and the works were on the railway line from Maryborough (1883). The smelting works began operation in 1893, and it is thought that the company bestowed the name from Aldershot, Hampshire. The works acquired ore from agencies at Zeehan, Tasmania, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. They produced high-grade refined copper, lead, silver and gold. There were six furnaces (two for lead), crushing and milling plants and an assay office.Aldershot had a primary school (1892), a post office, but no hotel. The smelting works closed in 1906, when smelters were erected in north Queensland, closer to ore bodies.  After closure of the smelting works Aldershot had a census population of 34 in 1921. In 2011 the census recorded a combined figure of 1043 at these locations, with 569 at the old town site and 474 at the other Aldershot location. The latter figure is entirely comprised of males, this location being the site of the Maryborough Correctional Centre (2003).

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The hollow log is created by white ants and that id how Aborigines make Didgeridoos.Not sure if the tree in the stump is actually part of the old tree?





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Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

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