While driving along an Outback track in an air-conditioned 4WD, it’s easy to forget the incredible hardship and sometimes tragedy encountered by Outback residents in relatively recent times.
On a number of Bobby Dazzler trips, we’ve travelled south from Alice Springs, following the old Ghan railway line, taking a detour to see the remarkable Chamber’s Pillar, then continuing across the Finke River and visiting the isolated town of Finke, on our way to Dalhousie Springs in the Simpson Desert. Near the Northern Territory/South Australian border is the Charlotte Waters waterhole, where a repeater station for the Overland Telegraph was built in 1872. When the railway was extended from Oodnadatta to Alice Springs in the 1920s, a station master’s residence and police station were added.
A heart-breaking saga occurred in the area in 1936, just 75 years ago. To read the story, go to http://www.southaustralianhistory.com.au/charlottewaters.htm .