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greetings PONG. I understand what you mean, in that the streets and subdivision of the land is rectilinear and the streets are wide. This surveying dates from the 1850s when the town was established here, the site being chosen by the surveyor. Wharves were established on the river bend and the town became a river port. Unfortunately, he did not anticipate the height of the floods and major floods not only flood the foreground but also invade the central business district. In that sense it is not well planned.

Ian

Thanks for the inquiry, Art. It is my understanding that Araucaria spp are not native to New Zealand. So, either New Zealand was a generalisation for south Pacific, or it was brought from New Zealand where it had been cultivated. Araucaria araucana is the botanical name for the Chilean and Argentinian monkey puzzle tree.

Here in south-eastern Queensland, both A. cunninghamii (hoop pine) and A. bidwillii (bunya pine) have been grown in commercial plantations for quality softwood. The latter is usually more knotted and today there is little demand for it, so plantations of bunya pine are being left to stand. Apart from the knots there is virtually no difference in the appearance and quality of the timber in these two spp. Bunya pine was a highly significant food source for indigenous Australians and was therefore cultivated and cared for by the local custodians who, in the right season, would then invite others from long distances, to the bunya feast. This feasts was accompanied by ceremonies, games, settling of disputes, reconciliations. My current home is situated on one of their original pathways that led to a bunya feasting ground.

Ian

Thank you so much Giancarlo,

It is kind of you!

I'm very pleased that you like the picture.

Warm greetings. GGR

I hope you spent some time on the water during those days, James.

Ian

Yes Berend, it is a common sight in rural Australia. Pioneering in Australia was often trial and error. The variability of climate especially of rainfall was a difficult factor for farmers from Europe to understand and adjust to, hence farms, houses and other buildings were simply abandoned.

This old boiler was ruptured by the explosion, removed from the mill and replaced. For 110 years it has sat outside the mill to rust away. No one will salvage it.

Ian

It is a bit of our family history, Berend. Today it is derelict but was used to store farm machinery for many years. The sugar mill ceased crushing cane 100 years ago.

Ian

Beau travail. L + F. cordialement. Christophe

Beautiful city, beautiful Mediterranean. Like it! Heather.

4000 Aufrufe - sehr lustig - ja, die deutsche Autolandschaft!

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