Carmel was born at Dripping Rock farm near Eugowra and lived there for four years. Although she does not have many memories herself, being the youngest, she grew up on the stories he parents and siblings told of the place.
The homestead is on National Park land, so there are no dog shots below.
The original house on the property was converted to a shearing shed by Carmel’s dad and a new home erected down the hill. Carmel’s mum planted fruit trees around the home, many of which are still there are are covered in fruit.
The chicken coop is clearly recognisable
Unfortunately, the main homestead building burned down about five years ago and was cleared away rather than rebuilt. Nothing remains of the main building except black and white photos in Canberra.
If you travel through Parkes, you have to visit the Dish. The display is small and simple, the achievements impressive and the dish itself stunning. Now why didn’t I do astronomy instead of mathematics?
We stopped over in Peak Hill to see the largest fish fossil in the world: 4.5 metre long Xiphactinus.
Slightly disappointingly, it is a model of a fossil found in Kentucky. However, I could not tell the difference, and it beautifully captures the detail, so I enjoyed it nonethless. There were also “real” trilobites…
… and smaller, but real, fish fossils.
It’s a small collection, but worth a view if you are in town or passing through.
Peak Hill also has a gold mine.
It was worked originally in the nineteenth century for a few months, and then again early this century for six years. There still is a lot of gold, but it is not economic to extract at present.