Fleet of foot wins over postal sys­tem

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

PAS­TORAL­ISTS in the North West of this State around the end of the 1800s and well into the 1900s, tapped into Abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tion to main­tain cor­re­spon­dence with neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

The mes­sen­ger would be set off on foot, with the mes­sage at­tached to a stick. The dis­tance could be cov­ered in one day.

The drovers could not do this job be­cause they would need to take a horse off the prop­erty.

Reg­is­ter­ing the pa­tent for this tra­di­tion could set Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple up in op­po­si­tion to our present Aus­tralia Post sys­tem.

It took eight days for a let­ter to reach me from five kilo­me­tres away.

Lavinia Tar­rant, Dianella.

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