Look­ing back at the Hacker fam­ily’s time in Charleville

WAY BACK WHEN WITH GEORGE BALSILLIE AT HIS­TORIC HOUSE MU­SEUM

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THOSE WERE THE DAYS: This is the first in a series of pho­tos of Ed­ward Hacker who came to Charleville in the 1920s. Ac­com­pa­nied by his wife and two young daugh­ters, he brought a bore drilling rig – steam trac­tion en­gine pow­ered – to put a bore down on a prop­erty north of town. This photo shows him drag­ging mulga for fir­ing the en­gine, and cook­ing. There are three ship­ping con­tain­ers of wa­ter for both the steam en­gine and wash­ing. The fam­ily prob­a­bly camped at the site for around six weeks. Next week, we’ll fol­low their progress as work con­tin­ues.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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