A YEAR ON COOPLACURRIPA

A Young Teacher’s Experience on a Famous Cattle Station in the 1960s

By David Benson

Some Preliminary Information:

I was posted to my first school in 1964. It was on a cattle station called Cooplacurripa. Just recently, part of my memoirs about the station were published in the Manning Valley Historical Society’s Journal (Number 55 December 2016). The reason for their significance is explained in the following extract (Just click on this. My journal extract is Part 3) :journal-55-coopla

What about the AA Company?

There is an unintentional link between my first teaching posting and the AACo in that Cooplacurripa was part of the first properties taken up by the Company when they departed Tahlee.

 

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NO WALK IN 2016!!!

OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES, BUT THERE WON’T BE A WALK FROM KARUAH TO TAHLEE IN 2016.

There will be one next year, but due to ill health and the press of events occurring at the same time as our planned date we just can’t put it on.

Karuah Progress Association has been busy though:

We’ve placed an information sign about the Walk outside Cole Brothers Oyster Shed, the usual starting point for the Walk.

We’ve published a beautiful edition of The Present State of Karuah.

We’ve taken a core sample of the wood from the Yalimbah Creek Bridge to have it radio carbon dated to determine its age.

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THE PRESENT STATE OF KARUAH, PORT STEPHENS – AN ABORIGINAL PERSPECTIVE

Here is a new booklet with an invitation to join in! We particularly welcome responses from Aboriginal readers.Present State Final

This booklet takes a look at Robert Dawson’s encounters with the First Australians in the 1820s. Dawson was the first Chief Agent of the Australian Agricultural Company, but he was sacked within a few years of being appointed. One of the main reasons for his sacking was that the Company thought he had spent too much time with the local Aboriginal population of the Port Stephens area.

The booklet is full of Dawson’s interactions with indigenous people and it seems that many of the features of the relationships between Aboriginal and European Australians had their beginnings back then.

How to participate?

If you know any oral history that reflects the things that Dawson has written about here or in his full book The Present State of Australia (available free as an e-book on Google Books), let us know by making a comment. We’ll include your comments in the next version.

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THE 2015 WALK BOOKLET

The Permanent Walk Booklet Update aaaWell here it is! This is the online version of the first professionally published Walk Booklet. It’s been updated and extended. The hard copy will be on sale with the Walk for 2015 for $5 and separately for $8.The NCP Final Booklet To order a hardcopy of the booklet, just email alcedo2@bigpond.com with your request.

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NEW WALK BOOKLET FOR 2015

This year, the Walk Booklet has been totally revised and will be professionally printed for the first time.

It will be available for walkers and will go on sale at The Karuah Centre hopefully in March.

It will be available on line about a week before this year’s Walk on Sunday 19th April.

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THE 2015 WALK FROM KARUAH TO TAHLEE

Yes, it’s on again. We’re planning on Sunday 19th April 2015. As usual, we’ll start gathering about 11.30am at Longworth Park beside the Cole Brothers Oyster operation. We’ll get into groups of about 15 people and set off with our guides.

This year, we’re presenting a new, expanded Walk Booklet, the usual light lunch in the park on the northern side of the river, water re-fills along the way, the ferry ride in an oyster barge across Yalimbah Creek, a tour of Tahlee House and a devonshire tea as well as a return bus trip back to Karuah.

Cost for 2015 will be $30 per head. The new booklet is available for $5 extra.

More details following shortly.

Book by simply emailing alcedo3@bigpond.com . Give your name, number of walkers anbd your email and phone details and you’ll be booked in. We’ll confirm by reply email.

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WALK TO TAHLEE THE VIDEO!!

If you’d like to have a look at snippets from the 2014 Walk to Tahlee, try this link  [IMG]http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q709/Jack_Drake/th_TheWalk-KaruahtoTahlee_zps3c957a6b.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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