Picture Challenge #7

The post in the picture in this post obviously marks some significant point, but where is it? And what is the brown post in the background?

Modesty prevents me from naming the Outback bloke, but you’d have to admit he’s chosen a pretty stylish pair of shorts for the occasion!


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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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3 Responses to Picture Challenge #7

  1. Brett A. says:

    That is Poppel Corner in the Simpson Desert. The marker behind is a reproduction of the original marker very close to the original surveyors point, marking the corner border of NT/SA/QLD. Will be out there in July this year.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Well done, Brett!

      Augustus Poeppel was a surveyor with the South Australian Government who surveyed the corner in 1879, and marked it with a wooden pole. As Brett says, the wooden pole in the picture is a replica of the original (which was eaten out by termites). It had been placed incorrectly by Poeppel, because his measuring chain — which was supposed to be 22 yards long, ie. one “chain”, or the length of a cricket pitch — was when checked after the event found to be about one inch (2.5 cm) too long. Records say that Poeppel’s marker was originally placed in a salt pan, presumably the one in the background of the picture.

      People travelling eastwest across the Simpson Desert will normally pass through Poeppel Corner. The track known as the “French Line” runs from somewhere near Purni Bore (east of Dalhousie Springs) to Poeppel Corner in more or less a straight line, but is not necessarily the easiest route to take.

      Poeppel was of German origin. One assumes that his name was originally “Pöppel”, and hence pronounced “purple”.

  2. Anne says:

    Wow, Not only are the shorts superb, but a great pair of pins on the anonymous outback type. Thanks for the photo and the explanation. Have been in Tassie for a week and have missed seeing the blog. Great to catch up now though.

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