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anther

Oh we were younger then my dear!

juneshone

Hi Anne, wish I could remember what I was looking for, probably wanted railway stations and got this. so that was lucky as it brought back memories for you. thankyou for the interesting history of that time. Bad enough the shops being three miles away from here but three hours - no thanks

anther

Hey June! Where did you find this, well I know where but what on earth did you search for? It looks bigger than when we lived up there. No Australia Post or Telecom phone box. The mail came on the train from Port Augusta and phones were few and far between. There was one in the roadhouse if I remember - a private one which people could use for emergencies. Communication was generally over two-way radio and Flying Doctor radio service. This was the "local" store for the surrounding cattle stations - I think my station was about 3 hours away. They thought nothing of going for icecream or soft drink - absolute luxuries for station people - when there was not much happening at home. The manager's wife packed a small overnight bag for "just in case". Breakdowns, unexpected rainfalls causing flooding and a myriad of other reasons.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. PS The then owner of the roadhouse flew hubby down south to civilisation after our eldest son was born. It had rained after I left and the only way out was by plane - this man landed on roads or wherever he could get down and back up again. Roads were all dirt then.

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