18 November 2013

4WD Owners and Outback Travellers - Please note...

You can now share your adventures and experiences when traveling through Australia's remote Outback.  It's simple, simply join the Outback Australia Google+ Community page and start sharing.

You may even discover more about our unique outback, special places, it's people, history and much more.

Where is Dr Leichhardt? a new publication on Australia's Greatest Mystery

Where is Dr Leichhardt? A new publication by Darrell Lewis

When much of Australia's inland was still unknown, a young Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, (Ludwig Leichhardt) set out with six other men westward from Queensland, heading for Swan River settlement in Western Australia in 1848. They never arrived.

Darrell Lewis addresses the greatest mystery in Australian history the disappearance of the Leichhardt expedition somewhere in the vastness of the inland. While some clues of the Leichhardt expedition have been found the resting places for seven men and all their equipment remains lost.

His new book draws together and summarises all the search expeditions and the claimed 'Leichhardt' relics, and assesses the validity of the claimed relics and the various theories proposed – all of the attempts to answer the perplexing question: Where is Dr Leichhardt?

You can listen to Lewis being interviewed by ABC Local, Richard Fidler in June 2013.  An interesting insight to Leichhards story and the type of man he was.

19 August 2012

The Greater Works of Sir Charles Todd

Sir Charles Todd
This year the National Science Week included a Sir Charles Todd symposium.
Now you may be thinking, what has Charles Todd got to do with science, particular science of today.  Wasn't he that bloke that put up those telegraph poles between Adelaide and Darwin 100 plus years ago?  And Yes, you are correct.

It's unfortunate that while the Overland Telegraph Line was a technological feat of its time (1872), it over shadowed Sir Charles Todd's other achievement which in their own right are each significant.  More so, his legacy which is continuing to assist scientist answer many of todays questions around global climate change.  In terms of current technology, as one speaker at the symposium put it, "Sir Charles should be credited with the first mobile communication device and SMS messaging as he carried around a pocket Morse code key to connected to any telegraph-line to communicate around the globe".  That last one is stretching it a bit!

The symposium grew from an idea of the Todd family descendants to celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Overland Telegraph Line completion.  It appears that the Wether Bureau was asked to brief the family on the meteorological works of Sir Charles Todd.  On reflection, Mac Benoy a volunteer for the Bureau of Meteorology claimed that "Sir Charles meteorological contribution was a result of his breadth of involvement in other fields including surveying, electrical, engineering, telegraphy, post and astronomy".   To provide completeness it would require others to showcase Sir Charles works.  So the symposium was formed.

11 March 2012

Sparks go flying with long range fuel tank.

The shocking truth of a leading 4WD after market supplier that put our life's at risk.

For anyone that has done any serious off-road traveling, it's easy to justify a few new gadgets for your 4WD.  And yes, I promptly had new springs and shockers fitted, a snorkel and a long range fuel tank installed to my new Toyota 100 series Landcruiser in 2001.

Before I give you the full story on a potential time bomb of a fuel tank, here's a brief background. 

A date was set with ample time for the selected 4WD specialist TJM to obtain all the parts to fit out my new 4WD vehicle.

That day came and on picking up my vehicle it was clear that the 4WD specialist TJM was eager to finish the day's trading so on paying I was whisked out to my car with their workshop roller door closed behind me.  My thoughts turned to "did they give me my keys" as the last of the employees drove away.  Scrambling through my pockets, I laid my hands on my keys.

With car unlocked, seats and mirrors adjusted, car started, I am back in control .... or ....was I?