Fea­tured Let­ter

Australian Geographic - - Your Say - RUS­SELL WENHOLZ, HOLT, ACT

FENCE-CROSS­ING MEM­ORY

I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle Faces of the fence in the Nov–Dec 2017 is­sue (AG 141), about Aus­tralia’s Rab­bit-Proof Fence, but was dis­ap­pointed that no men­tion was made of sur­veyor Al­fred Canning who sur­veyed the route for the fence. This 1968 photo (right) of my col­league David Chudleigh is at the point where the fence then crossed the Talawana Track (New­man to Windy Cor­ner). Note the fence mileage “679” un­der David’s arm and the over­loaded ve­hi­cle with a tucker­box and swag on the roof due to the pres­ence in the cabin of a 44-gal­lon drum of petrol that we were tak­ing out to Well 23 – a fuel drop for our sub­se­quent trip up the Canning Stock Route (see AG 12).

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