Observation Balloons

Observation Balloons. .. slightly off topic but why not… horses in WW1 became familiar with giant observation balloons – these were captive balloons, meaning tied to a stationary object such as a waggon or truck with the winch.

George Sunter, Buffalo Hunter

Please be aware this is an image of an Aboriginal person of the past, who has passed on, which may cause distress to some people. Frank worked for George Sunter, a buffalo hunter, for many years. In 1914 they caught a lot of brumbies Frank knew of at Black Jungle N.T.

Topsy the Famous Performing Pony

Topsy was a famous performing pony – a Timor-Shetland cross, once a very popular cross. She stood 10.3 hands high. Performing through the 1940’s and ’50’s, Topsy was bred by Tom Dennis at Huntington stud, Dunbible, on the Tweed River northern NSW.

Fraser Island/ K’Gari Horses

From the early 1860’s there was a big timber industry on K’Gari, requiring many work horses. Cattle were also run there, 140 taken there in 1901 due to mainland drought (and many sheep too).

Bill the Bastard

Most of us know the story of this gutsy horse, a chestnut stallion, but here’s a bit for those who don’t…

Todmorden Station

Owned by one of the great Waler breeders, J.A. Breaden, Todmorden Station (known in earlier times as Mount Todmorden) is north-east of Oodnadatta and not far from the N.T. Border in South Australia.

Watering Horses

Watering was usually the task of engineers and transport corps. Sourcing water relied on maps, geography, season and local knowledge; often a job for officers and intelligence.

Charles (Hellbent) Kenyon

Found some more details and photos to fill out the story of the amazing Charles Kenyon, initiated by Greg Reeves sending us three tremendous family photos.