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OLD STUART HWY WELL GETS NEW LIFE

- LEE ROBINSON

WHAT is today a popular rest stop on the side of the Stuart Hwy tells an incredible story of a bygone era.

Ryan Well, 129km north of Alice Springs, is one of a series of historic 19th century wells associated with the movement of travellers and livestock along the Overland

Telegraph Line. And now, a Territory government­funded reconstruc­tion of the 19th century well will help tell the incredible story of Australia’s cattle droving history for many more years to come.

Ironically, knowingly or unknowingl­y, these early explorers would have in many cases been following traditiona­l Aboriginal pathways across the country as they travelled from waterhole to waterhole.

“The well has long been a popular stop for motorists on the Stuart Highway and, with the latest reconstruc­tion, will become even more attractive as a tourist destinatio­n,” said Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chansey Paech.

 ?? ?? Chansey Paech says the reconstruc­tion will attract more tourists. Picture: Lee Robinson
Chansey Paech says the reconstruc­tion will attract more tourists. Picture: Lee Robinson

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