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“K’Gari Welcomes Meghan and Harry” – where giants grow on pure sand!

“K’Gari Welcomes Meghan and Harry” – where giants grow on pure sand!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Royals, Meghan and Harry, as they visit the historical Fraser Island, today.

Loss/Removal of Horses. QPWS Banned Grazing

Loss and Removal of Horses. QPWS Banned Grazing! (To say nothing about their historical unique special value)

Blue Couch grass (Digitaria didactyla) has now developed into a threatening ‘noxious weed’. Red-Browed Finches lost – affected by seed loss. Ecological disaster for Fraser Island. 

Skeletons that Rattle Decline of Fraser Island

‘Skeletons that rattle’ on Fraser Island.
Photo author.

Forestry Nursery demolished at Central Station: by QPWS. Photo by W & L Geissler 1930.

Many in the Australian Community are truly confounded. The public question is now: Is Sinclair the right person for this Royal hosting role? We believe judging from his connection with FIDO and the Government that it appears he is bias – offers only one view point:

‘Sterilised Historic Central Station.’

 

Photo by author Fred Williams taken in 1970’s

SEE THE AUTHOR’S RANGE OF BOOKS ON THIS SITE. WWW.KGARI.ORG

Loss of Historical Outbuildings of Central Station except the information centre (Part of ex School)

TOURISM – LOST THEIR HABITAT AT CENTRAL STATION

Demolition and destruction of historical outbuildings combined with clearing destroyd much of the flora and fauna habitat noted by (Taylor, Canberra Times October 14, 1992, Geissler, 1998) Journalist published article SYDNEY MAIL APRIL 1, 1925 describes the Bird Life then being as, “Very rich in birds“. It seems it now offers poor unacceptable tourism management resulted in needless disastrous ecological sterilising.

ROYAL VISIT

With their very brief visit to K’Gari (Williams 1985, 2002) – Fraser Island, it’s perhaps essential to note that no matter what the current manager or Mr. John Sinclair’s hosting may or may not inform our Royal guests: With the greatest respect the fact is Sinclair remains a professional Organiser (Sinclair 1977) ostracised by his own local community and takes the full credit for stopping the sandmining and timber industry on Fraser Island, without having had an initial plan  ‘for  broader ecological matters’ (Powell 1998), they remain like his ‘secret peace deal’ with the Goss Government in 1990’s – clouded’ – In some way he Marshalled Protestors claiming he represented ‘the public interest’. 

When the protestors stooped to dirty dangerous guerrilla warfare type tactics Sinclair fell silent.

Now the Queen has an interest in trees and the canopy, with the Queensland Forestry Department lost management role gone, its feared likely the ‘Royals’ will not be learning the truth about Fraser Island – that cost all Australians an unquantifiable amount.

THE STARK DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN FORESTRY: VERSES FIDO AS WELL AS THE CURRENT MANAGERS STRATEGIES.

   “The sight of great trees flourishing in sand: it has to be seen to be believed, tallowwoods, blackbutts, turpentine, bloodwoods and sundry other hardwoods growing to enormous size here…in addition there, are considerable areas of what the forester regards as waste country. But ah! … The naturalist makes some of his most exciting finds…

It is not too much to say that Fraser Island is one of the richest portions of Australia…the coastline and creeks carry a good range of water birds [MANY MISSING NOW], of course: the jungles and mangroves attract many fruit and insect eaters, including several species not known to the south of Australia: and in the Wallum country there is at least one bird unknown to any other island and very rare on the mainland…

There too, was the little owlet nightjar – the fairy owl of the island children , who weave pretty stories around the soft plumaged, dainty creature, kingfishers, flycatchers, warblers, thrushes, butcher birds, whip-birds and whistlers are [WAS like] the all represented on Fraser Island…

Of the other honeybirds, three are unknown to southern Australia…”

(The Sydney Mail) 1st April 1925.

Walter Petrie shows how Bronze-winged Pigeon’s nest on the ground. (A target for hungry dingoes under QPWS ).

Photo from Sydney Mail April 1st 1925.

1930’S FORESTRY SERVICE DEMONSTRATES IT WAS SAFE TO CAMP WITHOUT ‘SMART DINGO FOOD CAGES’.

Photo gifted to author by Ruby Mathieson.

Central Station Fraser Island – Tourism & Interference in the Public Interest?

Central Station Fraser Island – Tourism & Interference in the Public Interest?

Central Station Fraser Island. The last brumbies.
Photo: W & L Geissler 1935

PERHAPS LIKE A SCENE FROM 1975 FILM ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST’

TOURISM & INTERFERENCE – IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST?
A PROVEN POISON YARDSTICK FOR GREAT SANDY ACCORDING TO SOME!

THE LATEST ROLE STARS JOHN SINCLAIR – HOSTING THE ROYALS – IT SEEMS he is a ‘PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER’ (Sinclair 1977) back then saw an opportunity and took advantage. STILL TRYING TO LIFT HIS PROFILE 2018!

Back in February 1974 John Sinclair of F.I.D.O. had a tiny membership:

“…F.I.D.O. believes that [like the film plot with nurse ratched] is acting in the public interest in trying to ensure the wisest use of the [shock room] resources of Fraser Island…” (Moonbi 17)

SINCLAIR FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON LIFTING HIS F.I.D.O. POWER BASE:-

NUMBERS & FINANCE – NOT ON ‘SAVING’ – BUT DESTRUCTION OF WILDERNESS (FLORA & FAUNA.)  FIRST IT WAS SANDMINING, THEN IT WAS LOGGING, LOSS OF PROPER SKILLED FOREST MANAGEMENT, FIRE REGIMES, JOB LOSSES, REMOVAL OF HORSES, KILLING DINGOES, HIS ANSWER…PROMOTE TOURISM. IT WON A FEW HEARTS, BUT OSTRACISED HIM FROM THE COMMUNITY (1975). IN 1990’s IT APPEARS SINCLAIR GOT INTO BED WITH THE GOSS GOVERNMENT/QPWS. WE ASK: WHAT WAS THE TERMS OF THAT SECRET ‘PEACE DEAL’?

“…politicians appreciate the importance of numbers…500 members…is most important in strengthening our case…” (Moonbi 17)

EMERGING YARDSTICK OF COMPARISON – COMES FROM THE PUBLIC ARENA:-

In 1925 a well-known and first Forester appointed in 1913 to Fraser Island Walter Petrie and a Journalist (A.H.G. of the Sydney Mail together visited Fraser Island).

What they recorded, noted, discussed about Central Station is of vital, critical importance an addition to our historic knowledge: some key points here.

  1. ‘Extraordinary wealth in birds and [incalculable contemporary history’].
  2. Dating from the time when it was first seen by Captain Cook it carries much archivial interest,
  3. Extensive Lakes perched and basin, extraordinary vegetation some is rare not known elsewhere in Australia, others are fragile, unique.
  4. Australia’s finest forest trees grow on sand, have been responsibly managed for over 130 years.

Fred Williams Book Launch was a Success !

The book launch of Fred Williams’ new book, “EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW  –  Fraser Island’s Last Brumby ” a resounding success.  We would like to extend a warm thank you to all who attended, and contributed to making the launch a success.

We are excited to share with you, some of the photos from the day.

Book Launch Date is Approaching Fast !

Book Launch Date is Approaching Fast !

FREDS’ BOOK LAUNCH IS FAST APPROACHING. HAVE YOU MARKED THE DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR?

Thursday the 17th of May is the official book launch of Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s Last Brumby.

We hope to see you there. Don’t forget that you have the opportunity to meet Ellie, an escapee horse from Fraser Island.

Mark this special occasion by having your picture taken with this incredible horse.

For more details and to enter our competition click here.

Preparations for the event are in full swing. Share with your family and friends. We hope to see you there.

Contact us with any questions.

 

NOTE: The book launch has now finished. The day was a complete success. Thank you to all who attended.

What happened to the horses when war ended?

What happened to the horses when war ended?

During the first war, Walers horses were used by light horsemen because they were sturdy, hardy horses, able to travel long distances in hot weather with little water.

The horses were called Walers because, even though they came from all parts of Australia, they were originally sold through New South Wales.

Horses of war
A typical Australian bred transport horse in the service of the Anzac Mounted Division.

In 1918, the end of the war was declared, leaving millions of soldiers looking forward to finally returning home. Their Waler horses, on the other-hand, faced a far less certain future.

At the end of the War Australians had thousands of surplus horses which could not be returned home for quarantine reasons. Disease posed a threat to Australia’s livestock industry, plus the cost to return them, outweighed what the horses were worth.

Of these, 11,000 were sold, the majority as remounts for the British Army in India. The fate of the rest of the Army’s horses depended on their age and fitness. The unfit and older horses would be destroyed.

In February 1919 veterinary officers began examining the horses. Sadly, mounts that were over 15 years old (draught horses), unsound horses, a riding horse over 12 years old, and those requiring more than 2 months’ treatment were marked for destruction.

Casting of Horses and Mules (PDF document)

Horse hair was valuable, so the ones destined for destruction had their manes and tails shorn, and their shoes removed. They were then led to a selected spot near their camps, and shot with pistols. Lastly, they were gutted and their skins salted, as these were valuable too.

Veterinary officers examines horses of the 15th Light Horse Regiment, AIF.
The fate of the horses depending on the findings of the Veterinary officers.
‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND – MEET HER AND HAVE A SELFIE TAKEN

‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND – MEET HER AND HAVE A SELFIE TAKEN

OUR BOOK LAUNCH IS APPROACHING FAST ! BE A PART OF HISTORY AND MEET ELLIE – AN ESCAPEE FROM FRASER ISLAND ! HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL HORSE  !

DATE: THURSDAY 17TH MAY, 2018.

TIME: 10AM

WHERE: HERVEY BAY HISTORICAL VILLAGE & MUSEUM.

ADDRESS:  ZEPHYR ST,  SCARNESS

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION OF FRED WILLIAMS LAUNCHING HIS LATEST BOOK.

EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW – FRASER ISLAND’S LAST BRUMBY.

THE ONLY TRUTHFUL ACCOUNT EVER WRITTEN – ABOUT FRASER ISLAND’S HORSES.

A CHANCE TO WIN 3X LUCKY DOOR PRIZES

TO ENTER OUR COMPETITION FOR A CHANCE TO WIN TWO BOOKS BY FRED WILLIAMS, CLICK HERE

 

Help Spread The Word – Book Launch Competition

HELP SPREAD THE WORD !

Thursday the 17th of May is the official book launch of Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s Last Brumby, by Fred Williams.

Join us ! Enter our competition !

YOU’RE INVITED! SHARE A MOMENT!

MEET ‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND. GET YOUR SELFIE WITH THE LAST HORSE PERMITTED TO LEAVE UNDER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF QPWS.

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PHOTOS BY SONIA HUTCHINSON AND HER CARERS

Now

BOOK LAUNCH DETAILS

DATE: THURSDAY 17TH MAY, 2018. 

TIME: 10AM

WHERE: HERVEY BAY HISTORICAL VILLAGE & MUSEUM.

ADDRESS:  ZEPHYR ST,  SCARNESS                        

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION OF FRED WILLIAMS LAUNCHING HIS LATEST BOOK.

EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW – FRASER ISLAND’S LAST BRUMBY.

THE ONLY TRUTHFUL ACCOUNT EVER WRITTEN – ABOUT FRASER ISLAND’S HORSES.

A CHANCE TO WIN 3X LUCKY DOOR PRIZES

1x. Win Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s last brumby.

2x. Princess K’Gari’s Fraser Island. Fraser Island’s Definite History

Winner of ‘Spread the word’ Photographic competition from kgari.org. 

Morning tea Available!                      Be part of our history – disappearing before our eyes!

COMPETITION DETAILS

To enter our competition and be in with a chance to win our Two Book prize, you must fill in the form below. 

  1. FILL IN AND SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW
  2. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE BOOK LAUNCH ON THE 17TH MAY, 2018. WINNER MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM THE PRIZE, OTHERWISE IT WILL BE RE-DRAWN UNTIL WE FIND A WINNER IN ATTENDANCE ON THE DAY. 

EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR WEBSITE VISITORS !