If you are travel along the Birdsville Track keep your eye open for Milners Pile south of Etadunna Station.
|The Milners Movements 1860-1870|
His Adelaide to Darwin droving was an attempt to win £2000 offered by the South Australia Government for the first drover to cross Australia. He started with 4 300 sheep, 150 goats, 160 horses and two wagons. He lost 1 500 sheep from poisoning around Devils Marbles in NT and sold 1 200 sheep to the Overland Telegraph construction party at Roper River. Eleven years later he managed to arrive at Darwin with 2000 head through lambing. Due to a change of Government he did not receive his £2 000 award.
While at Coopers Creek, The Milner’s established Bucaltaninna station some 30km East of Milners Pile. (If you can gain access at Etadunna Station, part of the old station still exist.)
In 1870 Milners set out again with his stock following the Overland Telegraph Line tracks to Alice Spring. Milner provide meat to the workers from this point. Later that year he arrived in Darwin.
It is not clear if Phebe’s death was due to drowning in a flash flood along the Coopers Creek or dropsy illness. Aged 55 on the 26th May 1868.