Explain This #4

Here’s your chance to provide an imaginative explanation of this Outback scene. Does it perhaps remind you of someone you know? Or is it the beginning of some innovative government project?


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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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6 Responses to Explain This #4

  1. Jo says:

    No, it is not a government project but it was a project of sorts by the early settlers. This one has been placed upside down. Originally they were assembled with the Y shape at the top and the ‘cross-bar’ was buried just under the surface of the surrounding ground. These were placed in areas north of Goyder’s Line with the idea that they would attract lightning and therefore more rain storms. Alas, they don’t seem to have been successful.

  2. Peter W says:

    If I were in the far north of Canada I would call this formation an “InuKshuk”, an Inuit cairn or a stone symbol of man. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk. But in this case it is the result of disobeying a divine order not to look back at one’s wife.

  3. Mandy says:

    Some scale please? How big is this thing?

  4. dazzlerplus says:

    This was a hard one, because it was erected only quite recently. It is a memorial to the crossing of Australia by John McDouall Stuart and his party from Adelaide to Van Dieman Gulf (near Darwin) in 1861-62, and marks the 150th anniversary of that momentous event. It has been erected near the road between Lyndhurst and Marree in South Australia, by the owners of Mundowdna and Wilpoorinna Stations, and the John McDouall Stuart Society.

    Stuart’s achievement not only provided for non-indigenous settlers some understanding of the country in central Australia, but basically set the route for the Overland Telegraph Line (1872) and the Old Ghan Railway (construction started 1878).

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