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AIDAN DE BRUNE

RECORD DIARY OF
A WALK AROUND AUSTRALIA

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Hand-written in 1922-1924 during walk
Typescript version prepared in 1924

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Illustration

A photograph of Aidan de Brune taken in 1921.


I. — INTRODUCTION

On 20 September 1921 Aidan de Brune, a pseudonym of Herbert Charles Cull, set out from Sydney to walk around the perimeter of Australia in twelve months. As he described it:—

"To leave Sydney on foot, to walk ten thousand miles (more or less) around Australia, calling at all the ports en route on the four coasts, and to return to Sydney, was the task set me."

In the event, de Brune took two and a half years to complete the walk. He was laid up in Burketown Hospital in the Gulf Country of north western Queensland for about two months, in February and March 1922, and at other times did not walk, because of illness or because he chose to remain in a town and give a lecture on his travels. He was away from Sydney for 897 days, of which he walked on 572 days.

In October 1923, de Brune was near Ceduna, along the Great Australian Bight, on his way back to Sydney, with about 1500 miles to walk. A journalist, J. T. Beckett, who had met de Brune in Darwin, during the walk, wrote in The Northern Standard, Darwin:—

When you see him you want to get away from him. When you speak to him you don't want him to go away from you. He is a man and a gentleman up and down, and a library of information. He is a sport among sportsmen and a man of whom the Australian Journalists' Association should be proud, for he has not spared himself to get copy. Aiden de Brune has not finished his walk but should he never move another yard further, he will have put up a record that few, if any, will ever attempt to equal.

A biography of Aidan de Brune and a brief bibliography of his writings can be found in Ten Australian Authors by Aidan de Brune, available from Project Gutenberg Australia



II. — THE MANUSCRIPT DIARY

This ebook was made from Record Diary of a Walk Around Australia, a typescript created from de Brune's travelling diary, or manuscript diary. The diary consists of 4 notebooks.

Book 1 measures 2in. x 4inches (60mm. x 115mm.) and contains about 100 ruled pages. It covers the period 20 September 1921 to 12 May 1922

Books 2, 3 and 4 each measure 3 in. x 7 in. (75mm x 180mm.) and contain about 250 ruled pages.

Book 2 covers the period 13 May 1922 to 20 May 1923

Book 3 covers the period 21 May 1923 to 22 December 1923

Book 4 covers the period 23 December 1923 to end of the walk (4 March 1924).

Entries for each day have been neatly written up and contain details of the distance walked each day, together with the cumulative distance walked to the end of the day. Often there are entries made by people whom de Brune met at his destination, or along the way, certifying that he was at the place stated, on the stated day. Sometimes the people making the certification added well-wishes and other comments.



III. — THE TYPESCRIPT VERSION OF THE DIARY

Aidan de Brune converted his travelling diary, or manuscript journal, into a typescript book titled Record Diary of a Walk Around Australia, the basis of this ebook. A copy of the book is held by the State Library of New South Wales. The book consists of typed foolscap pages, bound in a maroon cover, with gold lettering on the spine. A hand-written note, on the title page of the book states:

"The original manuscript journal in four small pocket books is in the MSS. room of the Mitchell Library. Oct. 1924."

The next page of the book (unnumbered), contains the heading for the commencing section of the walk (i.e. New South Wales). It has a vertical hand-written, note down the left side of the page, which states:

"Don. Aidan de Brune 25/10/24"

Following the title page and the unnumbered "section" page, are 176 typed pages, together with 6 unnumbered pages, indicating the start of each subsequent section of the walk: Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales. In this ebook details of the distances walked in each section are set out in the Statistics chapter.



IV. — RECORD DIARY OF A WALK AROUND AUSTRALIA

The typescript of the diary follows the order in which entries were made in the manuscript diary. In this ebook, a transcript of the typescript, a consistent format has been used for each day, showing, where present, the date; day number and diary day number; state or territory in which he was walking; cumulative days walked; daily distance (miles); cumulative distance; town/locality visited; note; certification/Comment.

De Brune made an entry in his diary for every day he was on his walk (897 days). He did not number the first day, on which he started out in mid-afternoon, probably because he did not get out of the Sydney Metropolitan area. Thereafter he numbered every day and, after some time, began also recording the number of days on which he actually walked (568).

Sometimes he did not walk because of bad weather, because he was ill, or because he wished to rest. Along the way he sometimes made minor errors in the day number. Then, towards the end of his walk, he obviously realised that that his day numbers did not tally with the actual number of days (897), although he had an entry for every day, showing the date. So he renumbered the final days. In this ebook, the day number first shown is the sequential day, starting from 1 and ending at 897. The Diary day Number is then shown afterwards, in square brackets.

PLACE NAMES

We cannot be certain that the places de Brune passed through will still be present on our modern maps, so it is sometimes not possible to plot the exact course which de Brune took. However, most of the places mentioned in the diary still exist today and by plotting some of the major towns through which he passed we are able to get a good idea of the track which he followed. In the outback, it is more difficult to plot his course. He often followed stock routes, which had bores with windmills attached, to obtain water for stock and humans; or railway lines which had bores with windmills to provide water for the steam locomotives. He also walked through the outback cattle stations, many of which, do not now exist, at least under the names by which de Brune identified them.

PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING

In the typescript version of the diary, de Brune was inconsistent in his capitalisation, his use of quotation marks and his spelling of place names, which he may have heard, but had not seen written down. The modern spelling of place names has been adopted in this ebook as well as a consistent approach to capitalisation and the use of quotes.

On nine occasions in the text, de Brune uses the word zump. It seems that this was an incorrect spelling of sump, defined by the Macquarie Dictionary as either "a pit, well, or the like in which water or other liquid is collected," or "a muddy pool or bog." Zump has been silently corrected to sump in the text.

DISTANCES

De Brune was as accurate as he could be with distances. In many cases he had to use his best guess to calculate the distance travlled in a day. No doubt he was careful to check his distances with the overall distance between points, which he found on sign posts, along railways lines and telegraph lines, or on maps.

Whatever the distance he travelled, his was an epic walk. Let us not be churlish in allowing him to describe it as a walk of "ten thousand miles."



Illustration

De Brune's Route — Sydney to Sydney — Anticlockwise.


V. — NEW SOUTH WALES (NORTHERN SECTION)

20 September 1921
Day 1 [0]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 0
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 12
Town/Locality Visited: Sydney, Burwood, Rhodes, Meadowbank, Eastwood, Epping
Note: Walked out of Sydney and about 1 miles from Burwood went on with Jimmy Brand of the Clyde Engineering Co. Thence to Rhodes and took track over Parramatta River to Meadowbank. Thence to Eastwood and Epping where failed to cross railway and got bushed. Camped out. [de Brune did not count this as day 1. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune's trek around Australia in twelve months. This is to certify that bearer left the office of the Daily Mail Sydney at 3.45 p.m. on Tuesday 20 September 1921, (Signed) Jno. J. Gay (J.P.), Manager, Daily Mail.
21 September 1921
Day 2 [1]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 1
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 37
Town/Locality Visited: Hornsby, Asquith, Mount Colah, Kuring-gai, Berowra, Cowan
Note: The three roads. On to Hornsby. Arrived Hornsby 10.10 a.m. Left Hornsby 11 a.m. to Asquith and Mt. Colah (669 ft. above sea level.) About a mile past station and 100 yards off left side of road a black disc on stones marking highest point of Mt. Colah. Thence to Kuring-gai (702 ft. above sea level—a rise of 33 ft. in a mile.) Thence to Berowra, 27 miles, and rested, then on to Cowan to edge of hill overlooking Hawkesbury River, and camped. (Note views along hills and from Mt. Colah and summit marks.)
Certification/Comment: Arrived Hornsby at 10.10 a.m. (Signed) R.C. Tweedie, Hornsby Star.
22 September 1921
Day 3 [2]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 2
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 61
Town/Locality Visited: Hawkesbury River, Wondabyne, Woy Woy, Tascott, Point Clare, Gosford, Lisarow, Ourimbah, Wyong
Note: At Dawn descended by bad track to Hawkesbury River and walked across on railway—beautiful views. Wondabyne half-way over. Then through tunnel about mile long to Woy Woy, 45 miles. About two miles past, the monument to JACOBO GUTTER, MXCX? Then via Tascott, 4 miles, and Pt. Clare, 5 miles, to Gosford. Arrived Gosford 2 p.m. (3 miles outside Gosford the sign post moved to a new road, not necessary.) Thence to Lisarow (great orange show from here to Gosford). Thence to Ourimbah and camped out about 2 miles from Wyong.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Gosford, 2 p.m. E. J. Phillips, c/o Gosford Times.
23 September 1921
Day 4 [3]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 3
Daily Distance (miles): 33
Cumulative Distance (miles): 94
Town/Locality Visited: Catherine Hill Bay, Middle Camp, Main Camp, Swansea, Belmont
Note: Started before dawn. To Wyong, 2 miles. About 3 miles past Wyong called at farm for drink and well-entertained—English people. Then to Catherine Hill Bay, Middle Camp and Main Camp to Swansea.—where had only meal of day. Thence to Belmont and Camped.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Swansea, Lake Macquarie, 5.45 p.m. 23/9/21. (Signed) E. Masters, Swansea.
24 September 1921
Day 5 [4]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 4
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 113
Town/Locality Visited: Charlestown, Adamstown, Hamilton, Newcastle
Note: On at daybreak to Charlestown, 5 miles. To Adamstown, 9 miles—steam trams—to Hamilton and Newcastle. Left at 11 a.m. and on 9 miles towards West Maitland and camped.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Newcastle, 10 a.m., Saturday 24/9/21. Newcastle Herald per E. J. Thompson
25 September 1921
Day 6 [5]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 5
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 140
Town/Locality Visited: West Maitland, Lochinvar, Greta, Branxton
Note: On at dawn to Maitland, 6 miles, through West Maitland. Thence through Lochinvar and Greta to Branxton. Then on 4 miles and camped.
26 September 1921
Day 7 [6]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 6
Daily Distance (miles): 31
Cumulative Distance (miles): 171
Town/Locality Visited: Whittingham, Singleton, Rixs Creek, Glennies Creek, Ravensworth, Antiene
Note: On at dawn and 5 miles on, signpost "Watch the bridge." Why? On to Whittingham , 9 miles, thence to Singleton, 12 miles. (Mrs McGregor and 4 children.) Thence to Rixs Creek, 4 miles. To Glennies Creek, 8 miles. To Ravensworth, 12 miles. To Antiene, 18 miles, and 2 miles on to camp.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Singleton 10.05 a.m. leaving few minutes later. (Signed) J. S. North C/o Argus.
27 September 1921
Day 8 [7]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 7
Daily Distance (miles): 34
Cumulative Distance (miles): 205
Town/Locality Visited: Muswellbrook, Aberdeen, Scone
Note: On at daybreak to Muswellbrook. Thence to Aberdeen, 8 miles. To Scone, 8 miles. Thence 8 miles on road to Murrurundi
Certification/Comment: Arrived Muswellbrook at 9.50 a.m. 27/9/21, (Signed) R. E. McClintock, for the Muswellbrook Chronicle.
28 September 1921
Day 9 [8]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 8
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 231
Town/Locality Visited: Wingen, Murrurundi, Ardglen
Note: On foot at daybreak. To Wingen, 2 miles, then met five hobos. "Singing Bill." About 5 miles from Murrurundi is steep hill. Over crest is monument to Peter Clark who was killed by Wilson, the bushranger, while trying to arrest him. Magnificent views over hills, to-day and yesterday. Thence to Murrurundi, 13 miles. Thence to Ardglen, 6 miles, and 4 miles on and camped.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Murrurundi 28/9/21 2.30 p.m. (Signed) S. Wright, post office. Wishing good luck.
29 September 1921
Day 10 [9]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 9
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 248
Town/Locality Visited: Willow Tree
Note: On at dawn to Willowtree, (Girls in motor camping out), 4 miles. Thence within 4 miles of Wallabadah, and camped at Chris Foster's, owing to creek flooding.
30 September 1921
Day 11 [10]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 9
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 248
Note: At Chris Foster's
01 October 1921
Day 12 [11]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 9
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 248
Note: At Chris Foster's
02 October 1921
Day 13 [12]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 9
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 248
Note: At Chris Foster's
03 October 1921
Day 14 [13]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 9
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 248
Note: At Chris Foster's
04 October 1921
Day 15 [14]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 10
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 274
Town/Locality Visited: Wallabadah, Goonoogoonoo
Note: Started after breakfast for Wallabadah, 4 miles. Entering Tarnarong Shire, 28 miles, begins flat country. Through to model village of Goonoogoonoo and on to 274-mile mark and camped.
Certification/Comment: L. Barnett, post office, Wallabadah. 4/10/21.
05 October 1921
Day 16 [15]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 11
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 302
Town/Locality Visited: Tamworth, Newingham, Tintinbull, Moonbee
Note: Started at Sunrise. To Tamworth, 12 miles. Remember Mr J. Holburn, met on road with wool wagon. To Newingham, 3miles. To Tintinhull, 2 miles. Noted here bees kept extensively. Passed two travellers going south 10 miles north of Tamworth. To Moonbee, 8 miles, and then to 302-mile mark. On to 327-mile mark and camped.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Tamworth, 10.10 a.m. 5/10/21, The Northern Daily Leader, (Signed) A. Joseph, Managing Director.
06 October 1921
Day 17 [16]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 12
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 327
Town/Locality Visited: Bendemeer
Note: Started at sunrise. To Bendemeer, 10 miles. (In first 300 miles only saw one road-mender at work.) At 42-mile and 43-mile marks two road-menders at work. At 31-mile mark, met a traveller going south.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Bendemeer 10.40 am 6/10/21. (Signed) G. B. Hewitt, postmaster.
07 October 1921
Day 18 [17]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 13
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 352
Note: Started at sunrise and walked to within five miles of Armidale. At one place met cockie who said men on the road no good.
08 October 1921
Day 19 [18]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 14
Daily Distance (miles): 5
Cumulative Distance (miles): 357
Town/Locality Visited: Armidale
Note: Started late and walked to Armidale. Called on Mr E. G. Burgess.
09 October 1921
Day 20 [19]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 14
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 357
Note: Stayed at Mr E. G. Burgess
10 October 1921
Day 21 [20]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 14
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 357
Note: Stayed at Mr E. G. Burgess
11 October 1921
Day 22 [21]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 15
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 374
Town/Locality Visited: Black Mountain
Note: Left Mr Burgess at 7.30 a.m. and in to town of Armidale. Left shortly after, for Glen Innes. Took east road by mistake and had to return. Dinner at farmer's. Left Armidale about 1 p.m. Saw first black—a gin with 2 children about 1 mile out of Armidale. On to Black Mountain.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Armidale 10.15 a.m. 11/10/21, (Signed) J. McKenzie, Part Proprietor, Armidale Express. Arrived at "Sunnyside" at 9 p.m. Black Mountain. (Signed) W. J. McLean 11/10/21.
12 October 1921
Day 23 [22]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 16
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 404
Town/Locality Visited: Guyra, Llangothlin
Note: Left before sunrise for Guyra, 7 miles. A mile from Guyra passed traveller—old man, deaf as post. Just outside Guyra met a man who asked "Have you a 6d." "Why?" "I'd like a drink." On to Llangothlin. Road bad after Guyra. To 15-mile mark.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Guyra 12/10/21. (Signed) Frank J. Mann, Argus Office, Guyra. Arrived at Llangothlin 12/10/21 12 noon. (Signed) L. Birtle, Store, Llangothlin.
13 October 1921
Day 24 [23]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 17
Daily Distance (miles): 49
Cumulative Distance (miles): 453
Town/Locality Visited: Glencoe, Stonehenge, Glen Innes
Note: Started at sunrise. On to Glencoe. Two miles out of Glencoe met traveller and at 10 miles met traveller with swag on wheel-barrow. To Stonehenge, 7 miles. Last mile of road to Stonehenge station awful. To Glen Innes, 7 miles. Then on to 25-mile mark.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Glencoe 6.30 a.m. 13/10/21 (Signed) A Dobbs, Store, Glencoe. Arrived Glen Innes 2 p.m. 13/10/21 (Signed) Clive Harrison, Glen Innes Guardian.
14 October 1921
Day 25 [24]
State or Territory: NSW-North
Cumulative Days Walked: 18
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 481
Town/Locality Visited: Bolivia Pass, Bolivia, Bluff Rock, Bungulla, Tenterfield
Note: Started at sunrise. To top of Bolivia pass (3250 ft.). Down to Bolivia, 6miles. Held up by storm for 2 hours. Scenes on hills as of vast forest fires (clouds). Passed traveller at Bolivia, another 2 miles out, and yet another at 4 miles, all going south. Fine bridge across river 10 miles south of Tenterfield. To Bluff Rock 5 miles. To Bungulla, 3 miles (3150 ft.). To Tenterfield. On 3 miles. Terrific storm in night. Wonderful lightning.
Certification/Comment: Tenterfield, 5 p.m. 14/10/21, (Signed) E. G. Waddell, The Star.
15 October 1921
Day 26 [25]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 19
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 511
Town/Locality Visited: Sunnyside, Wallangarra, Bald Mountain, Wyberba, Lyra, Ballandean, Glen Alpin, Beverley


VI. — QUEENSLAND

Note: [Entered Queensland. Ed.] Started late. To Sunnyside, 6miles. (Hobos on road.) To Wallangarra and Queensland border, 5 miles. On to Bald Mountain, 3 miles. To Wyberba, 4 miles. To Lyra, 2 miles. To Ballandean, 3 miles. To Glen Alpin, 7 miles. To Beverley, 2 miles, where camped. Fine day. Today met again Mickie White, a young sailor.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Wallangarra 11 a.m. 15/10/21, (Signed) E. Taylor, for S.M. Wallangarra.
16 October 1921
Day 27 [26]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 20
Daily Distance (miles): 45
Cumulative Distance (miles): 556
Town/Locality Visited: Stanthorpe, Applethorpe, The Summit, Thulimbah, Cottonvale, Dalveen, Warwick
Note: Started late to Stanthorpe, 4 miles. To Applethorpe, 4 miles. To The Summit, 4 miles (3030 ft.). Houses on stilts. The road hobo. The mining hobo. To Thulimbah, 1 mile. To Cottonvale, 3 miles. To Dalveen, 2 miles. To Warwick, across country through night.
17 October 1921
Day 28 [27]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 21
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 568
Town/Locality Visited: Millhill, Rosehill, Toolburra, Deuchar
Note: In Warwick, the only town with baths, so far as I know (Harriers' Swimming Baths). Left 1 p.m. to Millhill, 2 miles. To Rosehill, 3 miles. (Adventure of Rover.) To Toolburra, 3 miles. To Deuchar, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Warwick Daily News, per W. Irwin, 17/10/21.
18 October 1921
Day 29 [28]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 22
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 576
Town/Locality Visited: Hendon, Ellinthorp
Note: Up at dawn. On to Hendon, 3 miles. Dull day. To Ellenthorpe, 2 miles. Day brightens. Young Irish, Michael White, leaves me again. To Mr Jensen's farm, 3 miles.
19 October 1921
Day 30 [29]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 22
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 576
Note: [Ed. Stayed with Andrew Jensen]
Certification/Comment: Arrived mid-day 18/10/21, left early on 20/10/21—wish him luck. (Signed) Andrew Jensen, Elphinstone, Qld.
20 October 1921
Day 31 [30]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 23
Daily Distance (miles): 35
Cumulative Distance (miles): 611
Town/Locality Visited: Elphinstone, Clifton, Nobby, Greenmount, Finnie, Drayton
Note: Left after breakfast for Elphinstone, 3 miles. To Clifton, 3 miles. To Nobby, 3 miles. To Greenmount, 5 miles. About 1 mile out of Greenmount a "God's Acre" nestling in hills. Road leaves railway eastwards. A mile further, first proper finger-post seen in Queensland—showing to Allora and Warwick and Greenmount and Toowoomba. On to Finnie. To Drayton.
End of month—611 miles being 89 miles short on schedule.
Certification/Comment: Good luck—Arrived at Clifton at 9.15 a.m. on 20/10/21. Left for Brisbane same day. (Signed) A. Byrnes, Clifton Courier.
21 October 1921
Day 32 [31]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 24
Daily Distance (miles): 47
Cumulative Distance (miles): 658
Town/Locality Visited: Harristown, Toowoomba, Withcott, Helidon, Grantham, Gatton, College
Note: Started at daybreak for Harristown, 1 mile. To Toowoomba, 2 miles. Left Toowoomba 11 a.m. for Helidon. To Withcott. To Helidon, 30 miles. To Grantham, 5 miles. To Gatton, 6 miles. To College, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: W. H. Groom and Sons Ltd. 21/10/21 Toowoomba Chronicle. Best wishes for a successful trip and safe return. (Signed) W. Heeney.
22 October 1921
Day 33 [32]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 25
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 678
Town/Locality Visited: Forest Hill, Laidley, Granchester, Calvert, Lanefield
Note: Started at sunrise. To Forest Hill, 3 miles. To Laidley, 3 miles. On to Granchester, 8 miles. Big storm on ranges. To Calvert, 3 miles. To Lanefield, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Laidley 11.30 a.m. 22/10/21. Good luck attend you. (Signed) A. J. Raymond, Laidley Herald.
23 October 1921
Day 34 [33]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 26
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 703
Town/Locality Visited: Rosewood, Thagoona, Wallon, Karribin, Ipswich
Note: Started late for Rosewood, 2 miles. To Thagoona, 3 miles. To Wallon, 2 miles. To Karribin, 3 miles. To Ipswich, 3 miles. then to 12-mile mark.
24 October 1921
Day 35 [34]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 27
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 732
Town/Locality Visited: Oxley, Brisbane, Kearon, Chernside, Downfall Creek, Ball Hills, Petrie
Note: Started at sunrise. To Oxley, 2 miles. Rested—not too well. About 8 miles south of Brisbane, sign post where three roads meet, turned round. To Brisbane, 10 miles. Left at 3 p.m. To Kearon. To Chernside. To Downfall Creek. To Ball Hills. To Petrie.
Certification/Comment: Brisbane 24/10/21. Mr de Brune called at the office of the Daily Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, today. (Signed) Harry C. Perry.
25 October 1921
Day 36 [35]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 28
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 759
Town/Locality Visited: Morayfield, Cobulture, Elimbar, Beerburrum, Glasshouse Mountains
Note: Left at dawn. To Morayfield, 12 miles. The swagger hobo. To Cobulture, 2 miles. To Elimbar, 6 miles. To Beerburrum, 3 miles. To Glasshouse Mountains, 4 miles.
26 October 1921
Day 37 [36]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 29
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 772
Town/Locality Visited: Berrwah, Landsborough, Mooloolah, Eudlo
Note: Left at sunrise. To Berrwah, 3 miles. To Landsborough, 4 miles. Took wrong road and bushed about 8 miles. To Mooloolah, 3 miles. To Eudlo, 3 miles. Note, walk across hills to Coboolture timber country.
27 October 1921
Day 38 [37]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 30
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 796
Town/Locality Visited: Palmwoods, Woombye, Nambour, Yandina, Budger, North Arm, Eumundi, Cooroy
Note: Left at sunrise. To Palmwoods, 3 miles. To Woombye, 2 miles. To Nambour, 3 miles. To Yandina, 4 miles. To Budger, 2 miles. To North Arm, 2 miles. to Eumundi, 3 miles. To Cooroy, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Nambour 11 a.m. 27/10/21 (Signed) A. J. Donnelly, post office
Reported at Chronicle Office, Nambour 11.15 a.m. 27/10/21. (Signed) Alex W. Thynne, Editor.
28 October 1921
Day 39 [38]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 31
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 821
Town/Locality Visited: Pomona, Tural (abandoned), Cooron, Monkland, Nashville, Gympie
Note: Started at sunrise. To Pomona, Tural, evidently abandoned. To Cooron, 4 miles. To Monkland, 14 miles. To Nashville, 1 mile. To Gympie, 1 mile. Gympie has a monument to James Nash, who discovered the Gympie goldfields.
29 October 1921
Day 40 [39]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 32
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 843
Town/Locality Visited: Harveys Siding, Kinsella, Gimelda, Theebine
Note: Started late. To Harvey's Siding. To Kinsella. To Gimelda. On to about Theebine and camped.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Gimelda, 7.45 p.m. on 29/10/21. Written by station master, but not signed.
30 October 1921
Day 41 [40]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 33
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 868
Town/Locality Visited: Paterson, Gundiah, Bongmallon, Netherby, Tiaro
Note: Started late. To Paterson, 4 miles. To Gundiah, 4 miles. To Bongmallon, 3 miles. To Netherby, 2 miles. To Tiaro—a funny little town set on a hill—5 miles. Then on 7 miles.
31 October 1921
Day 42 [41]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 34
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 894
Town/Locality Visited: Maryborough, Aldershot, Colton, Torbanlea, Burrum
Note: Started at dawn. To Maryborough, 14 miles. To Aldershot, 2 miles. To Colton, 3 miles. To Torbanlea, 6 miles. To Burrum, 1 mile. Note: Maryborough fine town. Met 3 travellers between Colton and Torbanlea.
Certification/Comment: Reported Chronicle Office 8.35 a.m. 31/10/21. Maryborough Newspaper Co. Ltd. (Signed) W. Eady, Manager.
01 November 1921
Day 43 [42]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 35
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 912
Town/Locality Visited: Howard, Isis Junction, Goodwood
Note: To Howard, 2 miles. Out of Burrum, combined road and footbridge—the first I've seen. Above Maryborough, fine rivers. To Isis Junction, 11 miles. Note view of Isis River from bridge. To Goodwood, 5 miles.
02 November 1921
Day 44 [43]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 36
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 935
Town/Locality Visited: Woodapine, Gotlow, Elliott, Bundaberg, Goolburrum
Note: To Woodapine, 1 mile. To Gotlow, 10 miles, not even a siding. To Elliott, 2 miles. To Bundaberg, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Bundaberg Mail office, 2-11-1921. (Signed) Sidney H. Barton.
03 November 1921
Day 45 [44]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 37
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 957
Town/Locality Visited: Baloongie, Meadowvale, Moorland, Avondale, Yandaran, Littabella, Mullet Creek
Note: On to Baloongie, 2 miles. To Meadowvale, 8 miles. To Moorland, 8 miles. The crossing of the bridge. To Avondale, 1 mile. To Yandaran, 4 miles. To Littabella, 3 miles. To Mullet Creek, 3 miles.
04 November 1921
Day 46 [45]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 38
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 987
Town/Locality Visited: Watalgan, Rosedale, Murrays Creek, Lowmead, Korenan
Note: To Watalgan, 2 miles. To Rosedale, 7 miles. To Murray's Creek, 5 miles. To Lowmead, 9 miles. To Korenan, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: John Shearer, Rosedale 1 p.m. 4/11/21.
05 November 1921
Day 47 [46]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 39
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1013
Town/Locality Visited: Colosseum, Miriam Vale, Boronen
Note: To Colosseum, 8 miles. To Miriam Vale, 5 miles.
At 10:50 a.m. at Miriam Vale completed first 1,000 miles.
To Boronen, 8 miles, and on 5 miles.
06 November 1921
Day 48 [47]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 40
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1033
Town/Locality Visited: Inveragh
Note: On to Inveragh, 3 miles. Then to within three miles of Toolooa (road all through bush), 17 miles.
07 November 1921
Day 49 [48]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 41
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1054
Town/Locality Visited: Toolooa, Gladstone, Boyne Valley Junction, Mt. Miller, Pyealy, Yarwua
Note: To Toolooa, 3 miles. To Gladstone, 7 miles. The Impersonation. To Boyne Valley Junction, 5 miles. To Mt. Miller, 1 mile. To Pyealy, 1 mile. To Yarwua, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Observer Office 7/11/21. Arrived here. (Signed) C. W. MacMillan, editor.
D. McKernig, Sgt. police, Gladstone. 7/11/21.
08 November 1921
Day 50 [49]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 42
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1075
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Larcom, Ambrose, Lorne Siding, Epala, Arno Quarries
Note: To Mt. Larcom, 11 miles. To Ambrose, 4 miles. To Lorne Siding, 1 mile. To Epala, 3 miles. To Arno Quarries, 2 miles.
09 November 1921
Day 51 [50]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 43
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1096
Town/Locality Visited: Raglan, Toonda, Marmor, Bajool, Ardur
Note: To Raglan, 2 miles. To Toonda, 7 miles. To Marmor, 1 mile. To 373-mile mark, 3 miles. To Bajool, 2 miles. To Ardur, 6 miles.
10 November 1921
Day 52 [51]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 44
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1111
Town/Locality Visited: Midgee, Gavail, To Port Curtis Junction, Rockhampton
Note: To Midgee, 6 miles. To Gavail, 2 miles. To Port Curtis Junction, 6 miles. To Rockhampton, 1 mile.
Certification/Comment: Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 10/11/21. (Signed) W. T. Toomass.
11 November 1921
Day 53 [52]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 45
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1137
Town/Locality Visited: Parkhurst, Etna Creek, The Caves
Note: Left Rockhampton at 10.30 a.m. Bad feet. Note—Old Frenchman at North Rockhampton. To Parkhurst, 7 miles. To Etna Creek, 7 miles. To The Caves, 2 miles. Note—the drunken man at Etna Creek and the singer at the Caves.
12 November 1921
Day 54 [53]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 46
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1147
Town/Locality Visited: Yamba
Note: To 16-mile mark, 1 mile. To Yamba, 7 miles, and on 2 miles.
13 November 1921
Day 55 [54]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 47
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1167
Town/Locality Visited: Canoona
Note: To Canoona, 7 miles. Walked until sundown but could not get exact mileage—estimated 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: Junction Hotel Canoona (Signed) B. T. Furlong.
14 November 1921
Day 56 [55]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 48
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1185
Town/Locality Visited: Marlborough
Note: On to Marlborough.
Certification/Comment: Thomas Smith, "Avondale," Princhester.
15 November 1921
Day 57 [56]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 49
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1213
Town/Locality Visited: Kooltandra, Strathmuir, Styx Quarries, Styx
Note: To Kooltandra, 11 miles. To Strathmuir, 2 miles. To Styx Quarries, 5 miles. To Styx, 5 miles, and on to 488-mile mark, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: W. J. Hewett, Railway Ganger 15/11/21.
Styx 15/11/21. (Signed) G. Bean, Storekeeper.
16 November 1921
Day 58 [57]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 50
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1240
Town/Locality Visited: Wumalgi, St Lawrence
Note: The pool near the 490 mile. To Wumalgi, 4 miles. To St. Lawrence, 11 miles. (going under bridge) and on to 515-mile mark, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: W. G. Gibbins, 10 gang, Wumalgi.
17 November 1921
Day 59 [58]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 51
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1261
Town/Locality Visited: Kalarka, Yukolgy, Carmila
Note: To Kalarka, 2 miles. At 519-520-mile mark came out on ocean. 520-mile mark, fettlers camp. To Yukolgy, 15 miles. To Carmila, 4 miles.
18 November 1921
Day 60 [59]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 52
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1281
Town/Locality Visited: West Hill, Ilbilbie, Mt. Christian
Note: To West Hill, 9 miles. To Ilbilbie, 7 miles. To Mt. Christian, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: George France, Camila Correspondent, Daily Mercury, Mackay. 18/11/21.
H. Turider, Railway ganger, Ilbilbie, 18/11/21.
19 November 1921
Day 61 [60]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 53
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1305
Town/Locality Visited: Karremal, Koumala, Loloma, Yukan, Sarina
Note: To Karremal, 3 miles. To Koumala, 3 miles. To Loloma, 2 miles. To Yukan, 4 miles. To Sarina, 7 miles, and on 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Koumala 19/11/21. (Signed) M. Sinclair.
20 November 1921
Day 62 [61]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 54
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1323
Town/Locality Visited: Bakers Creek, Sandy Creek suspension bridge, Coles Hall
Note: On to Baker's Creek, 11 miles, passing at 10 miles the Sandy Creek suspension bridge with Cole's Hall close by. The Frenchman at Baker's Creek bridge. To Mackay, 7 miles.
21 November 1921
Day 63 [62]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 54
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1323
Town/Locality Visited: Mackay, Glenella, Milleve
Note: In Mackay.
From now, only road miles from large towns to large towns can be given. Railway ends.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Daily Mercury office at 12.50 21/11/21. (Signed) V. O'Gorman
22 November 1921
Day 64 [63]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 55
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1347
Town/Locality Visited: Farleigh, Coningsby, The Leap, Hampden
Note: Hampden postmaster says 24 miles from Mackay. Memorial trees to fallen soldiers in school grounds at Hampden.
To Farleigh. To Coningsby. The Leap (The gin's leap from mountain). To Hampden.
Certification/Comment: Hampden 22/11/21. (Signed) Wm. Woodyard, postmaster.
23 November 1921
Day 65 [64]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 56
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1347
Note: Commenced to rain soon after midnight. Slow progress. The miner's cottage. Rained on and off all day. Tried to reach St. Helen's Station, but failed. About half way to Proserpine.
24 November 1921
Day 66 [65]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 57
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1347
Town/Locality Visited: St Helens Station, Bloomsbury Station
Note: Started at dawn. On to midday and at camp saw two young men (Mr Lasceles). Then on and met traveller. On to Mr Dougherty's and stayed night.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Bloomsbury Station. (Signed) T. Dougherty. Wish you luck.
25 November 1921
Day 67 [66]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 58
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1347
Note: Left about 10. Three travellers at second creek, all young. On and camped between Thompson's Creek and Mr Lascelles' Station.
26 November 1921
Day 68 [67]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 59
Daily Distance (miles): 70
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1417
Town/Locality Visited: Lascelles Station, Proserpine
Note: A mile to Lascelles. Then on to Proserpine. Arrived after midday. Then on along railway. Note—2 cane cutters. To Proserpine from Hampden 94 miles plus 52 miles detour—lost way.
Extra 52 miles were due to taking road through stations. The mileage through Hampden is by the railway survey, incomplete and different route.
[There is confusion here. The total at end of day 63 was 1347 miles. No distance recorded until end of day 67, when it was 1417 miles. Hampden to Proserpine is 60 miles per "Google" map, so he wasn't far out in his recording. Ed.]
27 November 1921
Day 69 [68]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 60
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1417
Town/Locality Visited: Longford Creek, Mookarra
Note: On the line to Bowen from about 1 mile below Redhill, 8 miles. To Longford Creek, 12 miles. To Mookarra, 9 miles. On towards Bowen.
Certification/Comment: Passed Mookarra 7.20 a.m. 28/11/21. (Signed) J. S. Lansdowne.
28 November 1921
Day 70 [69]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 61
Daily Distance (miles): 41
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1458
Town/Locality Visited: Bowen
Note: To Bowen.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Independent Office, Bowen at 5.30 p.m. (Signed) Ronald Darren, For W. H. Darren, 28/11/21.
29 November 1921
Day 71 [70]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 62
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1476
Town/Locality Visited: Don, Delta, Nerinda, Euri, Wathana, Salisbury Cattle Station
Note: Left Bowen, 11.30. On to Salisbury Cattle Station (about 18 miles). To Don To Delta To Nerinda To Euri. Passed traveller at Euri. To Wathana.
30 November 1921
Day 72 [71]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 63
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1476
Town/Locality Visited: Guthalungra, Kyburra, Broadlands
Note: Left Salisbury Station at sunrise. On to Guthalungra. To Kyburra. To Broadlands.
Certification/Comment: Passed Guthalungra at 12.30 p.m. (Signed) F. G. Schillimg.
01 December 1921
Day 73 [72]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 64
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1506
Town/Locality Visited: Gumlu, Wakala, Babawaba, Koberinga, Inkerman
Note: On to Gumlu. To Wakala. To Babawaba. To Koberinga. To Inkerman.
02 December 1921
Day 74 [73]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 65
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1528
Town/Locality Visited: Keebah, Ivah, Koolkuna, Home Hill, Carstairs, Marali, Katoora, Macdesme, Mirrigan, Ayr
Note: To Keebah. To Ivah. To Koolkuna. To Home Hill. To Carstairs. To Marali. To Katoora. To Macdesme. To Mirrigan. To Ayr.
Certification/Comment: Passed Macdesme 2/12/21, J.R.
03 December 1921
Day 75 [74]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 66
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1528
Town/Locality Visited: Brandon, Pioneer, Lochinvar
Note: Left Ayr at 11 a.m. and on to Brandon. To Pioneer. To Lochinvar. (Pigs at camp.)
Certification/Comment: Passed Pioneer, Townsville to Bowen line. (Signed) T. Robins, 3/12/21.
04 December 1921
Day 76 [75]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 67
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1528
Town/Locality Visited: Hodel, Poopoonbah, Giru, Minehan, Piralko, Cromarty, Cleveden
Note: On to Hodel (Great park lands). To Poonbah. To Giru. To Minehan. To Piralko. To Cromarty. To Cleveden. (Just raced storm—potty one. Oh, the mosquitoes.)
05 December 1921
Day 77 [76]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 68
Daily Distance (miles): 49
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1577
Town/Locality Visited: Alligator Creek, Nome, Smyths Siding, Partington Siding, Stewarts Creek, Cluden, Oonoonba, Quealban, Townsville
Note: On to Alligator Creek. To Nome. To Smyth's Siding. To Partington's Siding. To Stewarts Creek. To Cluden. To Oonoonba. To Quealban. To Townsville.
Note: Partington Siding a town, prison and brickworks.
Note: Approach to Queensland towns.
The dog.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Bulletin office, Townsville, on 5/12/21. (Signed) J. Hendle.
06 December 1921
Day 78 [77]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 69
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1577
Town/Locality Visited: Townsville West, Garbutts Siding
Note: Left Townsville afternoon and on to Townsville West and Garbutt's Siding.
Cromarty and Clevedon called the Mosquito Farm.
07 December 1921
Day 79 [78]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 70
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1577
Town/Locality Visited: Netjar, Kulburn, Yabulu, Purono, Angea
Note: To Netjar, To Kulburn. To Yabulu. To Purono. To Angea.
The argumentive (sic) lineman (Pommy). The wood-carters at Kulburn. The drover at Angea.
08 December 1921
Day 80 [79]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 71
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1602
Town/Locality Visited: Kurakan, Pudilliba, Rollingstone, Kinduro, Mongobulla
Note: To Kurakan (completes 1602 miles). To Pudilliba. To Rollingstone. To Kinduro. To Mongobulla.
09 December 1921
Day 81 [80]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 72
Daily Distance (miles): 59
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1661
Town/Locality Visited: Mutarnee, Coolbie, Bambaroo, Yurunga, Toobanna, Ingham
Note: To Mutarnee. To Coolbie. To Bambaroo. To Yurunga. To Toobanna. To Ingham.
10 December 1921
Day 82 [81]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 73
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1661
Town/Locality Visited: Lilypond
Note: In Ingham. On to Lilypond.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Herbert River Express Office, Ingham, 10/12/21.
11 December 1921
Day 83 [82]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 74
Daily Distance (miles): 40
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1701
Town/Locality Visited: McNabs, Ripplecreek, Cardwell
Note: On to Macnabs—found was on Halifax road—wrong—crossed river on tramlines and along tram to Ripplecreek.
Italian cutters' camp. Italian colony here.
Brisbane Inspector's report re plague and rats.
View form top of hills—the valley—well-watered country.
To Cardwell.
12 December 1921
Day 84 [83]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 75
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1701
Note: In Cardwell. Memorial to Walter Jervone Scott, one of the pioneers of the stations called Valley of the Lagoons, died 1890. Memorial to 2 soldiers.
Very ill all day.
13 December 1921
Day 85 [84]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 76
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1701
Town/Locality Visited: Murray Bridge
Note: Left Cardwell 10 a.m. To Murray Bridge, 20 miles. Old Swede drunk. Four travellers. 33 from Brisbane.
14 December 1921
Day 86 [85]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 77
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1701
Town/Locality Visited: Tam o' Shanter
Note: Crossed Tully River and followed telegraph road across hills. Tam o' Shanter—wonderful views. Camped at Maria Creek.
15 December 1921
Day 87 [86]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 78
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1701
Town/Locality Visited: Maria Creek, Marurilyan
Note: To Maria Creek Soldier Settlement, and on to Marurilyan. Five travellers making 38.
16 December 1921
Day 88 [87]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 79
Daily Distance (miles): 70
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1771
Town/Locality Visited: Innesfail, Daradgee
Note: To Innesfail.
On to ferry—then on to Daradgee. Two travellers making total 40.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Advocate, Innesfail. (Signed) J. A. McPhee, Manager.
17 December 1921
Day 89 [88]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 80
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1792
Town/Locality Visited: Garradunga, Eubenangee, Waughs Pocket, Moolaba, Mirriwiral, Mopa, Babinda, Palmas, Frenchmans Creek
Note: To Garradunga. To Eubenangee. To Waugh's Pocket. To Moolaba. To Mirriwiral. To Mopa. To Babinda. To Palmas. To Frenchmans Creek (after recording mileage of 21 miles.)
18 December 1921
Day 90 [89]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 81
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1792
Town/Locality Visited: Bellenden Ker, Harveys Creek, Cunia, Deerel, Figtree Creek, McDonnel Creek, Fishery Creek, Mt. Sophia, Meerawa, Quingilli, Bohana
Note: To Bellenden Ker. To Harvey's Creek. To Cunia. To Deerel. To Figtree Creek. (1 traveller last night—41)
Running creeks frequent. To McDonnel Creek. To Fishery Creek. To Mt. Sophia. To Meerawa. To Quingilli. To Bohana.
19 December 1921
Day 91 [90]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 82
Daily Distance (miles): 36
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1828
Town/Locality Visited: Aloomba, Banna, Pyramid, Gordonvale, Meringa, Kemma, Yates, Edmonton, Warwon, White Rock, Woree
Note: To Aloomba. To Banna. To Pyramid. To Gordonvale. To Meringa. To Kemma. To Yates. To Edmonton. To Warwon. To White Rock. To Woree.
20 December 1921
Day 92 [91]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 83
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1828
Town/Locality Visited: Cairns, Edgehill
Note: In Cairns. On to Edgehill. Rain all day.
Record for month, 507 miles.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Cairns Post. J. C. Close, Manager
21 December 1921
Day 93 [92]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 84
Daily Distance (miles): 2
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1830
Town/Locality Visited: Stratford, Freshwater, Redlynch, Jungara, Stoney Creek, Barron Falls, Kuranda, Fairyland, Myola, Mantaka, Kowrowa
Note: On to Stratford. Rain hard all day. To Freshwater. To Redlynch. (Over the pad). To Jungara. (13 tunnels in 5 miles). On to Barron Falls. (2 tunnels, one long). To Kuranda. To Fairyland. To Myola. To Mantaka. To Kowrowa.
22 December 1921
Day 94 [93]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 85
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1830
Town/Locality Visited: Stoney Creek
Note: Dull morning. Not seen sun for 2 days. Sun out about 10 a.m. On to Stoney Creek.
23 December 1921
Day 95 [94]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 86
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1830
Town/Locality Visited: Oaklands, Koah, Kambul, Biboohra
Note: Held up by rain. Very heavy. To Oaklands. To Koah. To Kambul. To Biboohra
24 December 1921
Day 96 [95]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 87
Daily Distance (miles): 44
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1874
Town/Locality Visited: Mareeba
Note: To Mareeba. To 7-mile camp.
25 December 1921
Day 97 [96]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 88
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1874
Note: Held up by rain. Christmas Day.
26 December 1921
Day 98 [97]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 89
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1901
Town/Locality Visited: Dimbulah
Note: On to Dimbulah, 27 miles. Stayed at Bailey's. Good old time.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Dimbulah, N.Q. (Signed) W. Bailey, Junction Hotel, Dimbulah.
27 December 1921
Day 99 [98]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 90
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1901
Town/Locality Visited: Boonmoo
Note: On to Boonmoo and on to 44-mile camp, where halted by rain.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Boonmoo. (Signed) A. J Congdon S.M.B. [Station Manager Boonmoo? Ed.]
28 December 1921
Day 100 [99]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 91
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1930
Town/Locality Visited: Petford, Lappa Junction, Kooboora
Note: To Petford. To Lappa Junction. To Kooboora.
Certification/Comment: Reported at 44-mile. (Signed) E. Kelly
29 December 1921
Day 101 [100]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 92
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1930
Town/Locality Visited: Almaden
Note: To Almaden. To Lime Siding. Heavy rains.
30 December 1921
Day 102 [101]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 93
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1930
Town/Locality Visited: Lime Siding
Note: To Lime Siding and on to 27-mile camp. Rain all night.
31 December 1921
Day 103 [102]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 94
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 1930
Town/Locality Visited: Lyndbrook
Note: On to Lyndbrook (past Bullock Creek - 5 miles.)
Certification/Comment: Reported at 27-mile camp. (Signed) W. J. Whiting.
01 January 1922
Day 104 [103]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 95
Daily Distance (miles): 74
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2004
Town/Locality Visited: Frewhurst
Note: On to Frewhurst.
02 January 1922
Day 105 [104]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 96
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2004
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Surprise
Note: To Mt. Surprise. Dance in evening, Railway Hotel. Remember Pedro Labb, showman, George Davies, also "Darto" and its men.
Certification/Comment: Mt. Surprise Railway Station, Etheridge Line, Cairns Railway, North Queensland. George Klarke, S.M.
Wishing you all success in your undertaking: Pedro Labb, showman; Jack Brown, boxer.
03 January 1922
Day 106 [105]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 97
Daily Distance (miles): 66
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2070
Note: To 81-mile camp.
04 January 1922
Day 107 [106]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 98
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2070
Town/Locality Visited: Einasleigh
Note: To Einasleigh.
Certification/Comment: F. Gallaghan, 81-mile camp.
05 January 1922
Day 108 [107]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 99
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2070
Town/Locality Visited: Sawmill Siding
Note: To Sawmill Siding.
Certification/Comment: T. Day, 114-mile. T. Day, 114-mile.
W. Dixon, Sawmill Siding. Arrived 5.30 p.m.
06 January 1922
Day 109 [108]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 100
Daily Distance (miles): 41
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2111
Town/Locality Visited: Wirra-Wirra, Forsayth
Note: To Wirra-Wirra. To Forsayth.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Railway Station, 7p.m, 6/1/22. (Signed) E. C. McCorkell
07 January 1922
Day 110 [109]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 101
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2136
Town/Locality Visited: Lorne Valley, Georgetown
Note: To Lorne Valley. To Georgetown.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Lorne Vale, 7/1/22. (Signed) A. Sloan.
(Signed) P. Barrett, Actg. Sgt., Georgetown.
08 January 1922
Day 111 [110]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 102
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2161
Town/Locality Visited: Durham, Cumberland, Crooked Creek
Note: To Durham. To Cumberland. To Crooked Creek.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Cumberland 8/1/22. E. Aplin.
Arrived Crooked Creek, 8/1/22. (Signed) Mrs A. B. S. Neilsen
09 January 1922
Day 112 [111]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 103
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2176
Town/Locality Visited: Forest Home
Note: To Forest Home.
Certification/Comment: Arrived "Forest Home" about 6 p.m. 9/1/22. Johnston, Manager.
10 January 1922
Day 113 [112]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 104
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2191
Town/Locality Visited: Gilbert River
Note: To Gilbert River.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Gilbert River, 6.30 p.m. 10/1/22. (Signed) W. H. Kenny, Constable 1852.
11 January 1922
Day 114 [113]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 105
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2206
Town/Locality Visited: Little River
Note: On to Little River.
12 January 1922
Day 115 [114]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 106
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2206
Note: To 18-mile mail camp.
Certification/Comment: W Ferguson.
A. Hayman, Inorunie Station, Little River, via Georgetown
13 January 1922
Day 116 [115]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 107
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2206
Town/Locality Visited: Moonlight Creek
Note: To Moonlight Creek. To Croydon.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Croydon, 9 p.m. 13/1/22. (Signed) J. Tuohy, Acting Sgt.
14 January 1922
Day 117 [116]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 108
Daily Distance (miles): 37
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2243
Town/Locality Visited: Croydon
Certification/Comment: Reported to Mining News, 14/1/22. Signed) W. S. Murphy, proprietor.
15 January 1922
Day 118 [117]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 109
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2262
Town/Locality Visited: Golden Gate, Green Creek
Note: To Golden Gate. To 80-mile. To Green Creek.
Certification/Comment: Left here Sunday morning. (Signed) J. E. Powell, Queen's Head Hotel, Croydon.
16 January 1922
Day 119 [118]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 110
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2280
Town/Locality Visited: Black Bull
Note: To 70-mile. To 66-mile. To Black Bull.
17 January 1922
Day 120 [119]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 111
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2299
Town/Locality Visited: Haydon
Note: To Haydon.
18 January 1922
Day 121 [120]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 112
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2312
Note: To 25-mile camp.
Certification/Comment: E. C. Shore, 25-mile Camp, Normanton Railway Line
19 January 1922
Day 122 [121]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 113
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2312
Note: To ? (sic)
20 January 1922
Day 123 [122]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 114
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2337
Town/Locality Visited: Clarina, Normanton
Note: To Clarina. To Normanton.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at C. Rutherford's Leichhardt Hotel, Normanton, 20 past 1, 19/1/22.
21 January 1922
Day 124 [123]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 115
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2337
Certification/Comment: Reported at Police Station, Normanton. Mr J. O'Grady, Sgt. Police.
22 January 1922
Day 125 [124]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 116
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2337
23 January 1922
Day 126 [125]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 117
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2337
Certification/Comment: Sybil M. Payne, Q. N. Bank Ltd. Normanton, 23/1/22.
24 January 1922
Day 127 [126]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 118
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2353
Note: Left Normanton 9.30.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Magowra Station 5.10 p.m. 24/1/22. (Signed) F. F. Lambert, pro manager.
25 January 1922
Day 128 [127]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 119
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2353
Town/Locality Visited: Bynoe River, Big Bynoe River, Flinders River
Note: Detained by rains. On road to Inverleigh.
26 January 1922
Day 129 [128]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 120
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2383
Town/Locality Visited: Inverleigh
Note: On this stretch, crossed Little Bynoe, Big Bynoe and Flinders Rivers. Arrived at Inverleigh.
[On this stretch he passed near Burke and Wills' Camp 119, between Normanton and Inverleigh, on the Flinders River. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Inverleigh, 26/1/22 at 7 a.m. S. H. Malone.
27 January 1922
Day 130 [129]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 121
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2383
Note: Left Inverleigh at 7.45 a.m.
28 January 1922
Day 131 [130]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 122
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2383
Town/Locality Visited: Warnadinga Station
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Warnadinga Station 2.30 p.m. (Signed) J. Real 28/1/22
29 January 1922
Day 132 [131]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 123
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2383
Note: Left Warnadinga Station 8 a.m.
30 January 1922
Day 133 [132]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 124
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2383
Town/Locality Visited: Yarruna
Certification/Comment: Arrived Yarruna lunch time 30/1/22. (Signed) Reg. Murray.
31 January 1922
Day 134 [133]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 135
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Town/Locality Visited: Burketown
Note: Went into hospital.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Burketown 2.30 p.m. J. Burke, Acting Sergt. Police, Burketown.
01 February 1922
Day 135 [134]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
02 February 1922
Day 136 [135]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
03 February 1922
Day 137 [136]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
04 February 1922
Day 138 [137]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
05 February 1922
Day 139 [138]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
06 February 1922
Day 140 [139]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
07 February 1922
Day 141 [140]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
08 February 1922
Day 142 [141]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
09 February 1922
Day 143 [142]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
10 February 1922
Day 144 [143]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
11 February 1922
Day 145 [144]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
12 February 1922
Day 146 [145]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
13 February 1922
Day 147 [146]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
14 February 1922
Day 148 [147]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
15 February 1922
Day 149 [148]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
16 February 1922
Day 150 [149]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
Certification/Comment: On 16/2/22. "Arma virumque cano." (Signed) John W. Tarlington M.O.A. [Medical Officer Assistant? Ed.] Burketwon Hospital.
17 February 1922
Day 151 [150]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
Certification/Comment: On 17/2/22. Myrtle Moore, Matron, Hospital, Burketown.
18 February 1922
Day 152 [151]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
19 February 1922
Day 153 [152]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
20 February 1922
Day 154 [153]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
21 February 1922
Day 155 [154]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
22 February 1922
Day 156 [155]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
23 February 1922
Day 157 [156]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
24 February 1922
Day 158 [157]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: [Still ill. Did not count distance. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Left Burketown 2.30 p.m. To the Lakes (Mrs Davidson) 4 miles.
25 February 1922
Day 159 [158]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: On 6 miles and taken ill. Returned to Mrs Davidson. [Still ill. Did not count distance. Ed.]
26 February 1922
Day 160 [159]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: Returned to Burketwn Hospital. [De Brune noted in the diary that he had walked 125 days of the 159 days away from Sydney, including the time in Burketown Hospital. Ed]
27 February 1922
Day 161 [160]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
28 February 1922
Day 162 [161]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
01 March 1922
Day 163 [162]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
02 March 1922
Day 164 [163]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
03 March 1922
Day 165 [164]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
04 March 1922
Day 166 [165]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
05 March 1922
Day 167 [166]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
06 March 1922
Day 168 [167]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
07 March 1922
Day 169 [168]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
08 March 1922
Day 170 [169]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
09 March 1922
Day 171 [170]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
10 March 1922
Day 172 [171]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
11 March 1922
Day 173 [172]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
12 March 1922
Day 174 [173]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
13 March 1922
Day 175 [174]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
14 March 1922
Day 176 [175]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
15 March 1922
Day 177 [176]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
16 March 1922
Day 178 [177]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
17 March 1922
Day 179 [178]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
18 March 1922
Day 180 [179]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
19 March 1922
Day 181 [180]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
20 March 1922
Day 182 [181]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
21 March 1922
Day 183 [182]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: In Burketown Hospital
22 March 1922
Day 184 [183]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 125
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Town/Locality Visited: Albert River, Punjaub Swamp
Note: Left hospital at 9 a.m. and Burketown at 9:30 a.m. Took lower road, 2 miles out of town, saving some miles. Met a Mr King carting down to Camooweal way. About 11 went to Albert River and camped until about 4 p.m. Very hot. I am very soft and heat beats me. Feet poor. About sunset caught up to Booth and had cup of tea. Then, on to the pool (1 mile) and by Punjaub swamp, to the Hut, arriving there about midnight. Camped on Verandah.
23 March 1922
Day 185 [184]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 126
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: Found Shackleton [was] away from hut. (A traveller there, old man, very shaky.) Ate nothing yesterday and a slice of bread for this breakfast. Then, on to the ruins at Brookdale Hotel and onto the Punjaub Road. About 11, heat overwhelming and went across paddock to water. About 8 miles out. Then on through night to try to reach Punjaub. Mosquitoes very bad last night and today. Arrived at rabbit-proof gate about midnight and camped.
24 March 1922
Day 186 [185]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 127
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Town/Locality Visited: Punjaub Station
Note: Crossed 12-mile creek and on to Punjaub fence and over swamp. Heat, flies and mosquitoes very bad. Touch of fever and feet very painful.
25 March 1922
Day 187 [186]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 128
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: Very hot morning. Flies very bad. Feet very poor. Arrived Punjaub Station about noon.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Punjaub at one o'clock 25th March 1922. (Signed) G. C. Cant.
26 March 1922
Day 188 [187]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 128
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2518
Note: Rested at Punjaub.
27 March 1922
Day 189 [188]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 128
Daily Distance (miles): 45
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2563
Note: [AdB missed counting a walking day. Ed.]
28 March 1922
Day 190 [189]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 129
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2563
Note: Left Punjaub early. Road very bad. Took 60-mile road as believed better watered. Road very cut up. Black Soil. Walk at night in bush (experiment). Found water in morning to westward. Very hot, no wind, mosquitos and flies bad.
[Recorded this day correctly as Tuesday 28/3/22. Also incorrectly gave next day same date. Ed.]
29 March 1922
Day 191 [190/191]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 130/131
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2563
Town/Locality Visited: Lawn Hill Creek
Note: Road improved after first ten miles from Punjaub and fair pad along. Found Lawn Hill Creek, a nice running stream. Country fairly well wooded but little black soil. Saw no one. Plenty water. Creek close by and swamps. Mosquitos terrific at camp and flies bad. Very hot. Feet improving.
[Recorded day incorrectly as Wednesday 28/3/22 and again as Thursday 28/3/22. Day of week corrected at day 243, but he has inadvertently added a day to his total days. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Mosquitos bad. Feet much better. Country better wooded and water abundant. Very hot day. Did a fair distance. Saw no one. Very little stock.
30 March 1922
Day 192 [192]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 132
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2563
Note: Cooler morning. Road not so good. Much bush and good red soil. Hills on each side of distance. Camped midday by double pools. Very hot. On to boundary rider's hut, 18 miles from Lawn Hill Station.
31 March 1922
Day 193 [193]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 60
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Town/Locality Visited: Lawn Hill Station
Note: Left early. Low hills on each side. Fair going. Not so warm. Red and black soil mixed. Plenty water. Bush bigger and trees larger. Lawn Hill Station.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Lawn Hill Station. (Signed) W. Stewart, manager. 31/3/22.
01 April 1922
Day 194 [194]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
02 April 1922
Day 195 [195]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
03 April 1922
Day 196 [196]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
04 April 1922
Day 197 [197]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
05 April 1922
Day 198 [198]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
06 April 1922
Day 199 [199]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
07 April 1922
Day 200 [200]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
08 April 1922
Day 201 [201]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
09 April 1922
Day 202 [202]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
10 April 1922
Day 203 [203]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
11 April 1922
Day 204 [204]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
12 April 1922
Day 205 [205]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
13 April 1922
Day 206 [206]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
14 April 1922
Day 207 [207]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
15 April 1922
Day 208 [208]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
16 April 1922
Day 209 [209]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
17 April 1922
Day 210 [210]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
18 April 1922
Day 211 [211]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
19 April 1922
Day 212 [212]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
20 April 1922
Day 213 [213]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
21 April 1922
Day 214 [214]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
22 April 1922
Day 215 [215]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
23 April 1922
Day 216 [216]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
24 April 1922
Day 217 [217]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
25 April 1922
Day 218 [218]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
26 April 1922
Day 219 [219]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
27 April 1922
Day 220 [220]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
28 April 1922
Day 221 [221]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
29 April 1922
Day 222 [222]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
30 April 1922
Day 223 [223]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
01 May 1922
Day 224 [224]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
02 May 1922
Day 225 [225]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
03 May 1922
Day 226 [226]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
04 May 1922
Day 227 [227]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
05 May 1922
Day 228 [228]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
06 May 1922
Day 229 [229]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Laid up at Lawn Hill station
07 May 1922
Day 230 [230]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 133
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note:[Have been] laid up at Lawn Hill Station with series of abscesses on feet.
Two pages are missing from the diary here, being records of period while laid up at Lawn Hill Sation, and covering the 28 miles from Lawn Hill Sation to Lilydale Springs boundary riders hut. [This is de Brune's note. Ed.]
08 May 1922
Day 231 [231]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 134
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On the road to Lilydale Springs.
09 May 1922
Day 232 [232]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 135
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On the road to Lilydale Springs.
10 May 1922
Day 233 [233]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 136
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On the road to Lilydale Springs.
11 May 1922
Day 234 [234]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 137
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On the road to Lilydale Springs.
12 May 1922
Day 235 [235]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 138
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Town/Locality Visited: Lilydale Springs
Note: To Lilydale Springs.
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune, 12/5/22, arrived at Lilydale Springs quarter to 8 o'clock from Lawn Hill Station. (Signed) H. W. Gibb, overseer; William Walker, boundary rider.
13 May 1922
Day 236 [236]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 139
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On towards Herbertvale Station (Note—Mr Gibbs and the "Sydney Mail.") To New Well—about 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: R. Low, 14/5/22, Police Officer, Gregory Downs.
14 May 1922
Day 237 [237]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 140
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On towards Herbertvale Station. To old well and camped—about 6 miles.
15 May 1922
Day 238 [238]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 141
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: On to the bore—about 19 miles. The rest of this entry is obliterated by wet.
16 May 1922
Day 239 [239]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 142
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2623
Note: Camped at Crow Hole—8 miles from Herbertvale Station. From Old Well to bore is about 15 miles, and thence on to Crow Hole is 7 miles.)
17 May 1922
Day 240 [240]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 143
Daily Distance (miles): 77
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2700
Town/Locality Visited: Herbertvale Station
Note: On to Herbertvale Station arriving about 2 p.m.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Herbertvale, 17/5/22 at 2 p.m. (Signed) A. McMillan, manager.
18 May 1922
Day 241 [241]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 143
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2700
Note: Rested at Herbertvale Station
19 May 1922
Day 242 [242]
State or Territory: QLD
Cumulative Days Walked: 144
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2710
Note: Started for Gallipoli Station and went to pumping station at rabbit-proof fence, 10 miles.


VII. — NORTHERN TERRITORY

20 May 1922
Day 243 [243]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 145
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2721
Town/Locality Visited: Gallipoli Station
Note: [Entered Northern Territory. In diary, shows both 19/5 and 20/5 as Saturday and skips Friday—day of week now correct again. See day 190. Ed.]
On to Gallipoli Station. Arrived about 3.30 p.m..
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Gallipoli at 3.30, May 20th. (Signed) W. Walker.
21 May 1922
Day 244 [244]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 146
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2735
Note: Left Gallipoli for bore 21. Arrived at bore.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at No. 21 bore, Alexandria, 22/5/22. (Signed) T. Hollingsworth.
22 May 1922
Day 245 [245]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 147
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2749
Note: On to bore 20, the carter carrying swag.
23 May 1922
Day 246 [246]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 148
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2761
Town/Locality Visited: Lulu Waters
Note: On to Lulu Waters and then to gidyea bush—2 miles on.
24 May 1922
Day 247 [247]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 149
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2776
Town/Locality Visited: Golden Waters, Dead Mans Hole, Belyabba Crossing (on Buchanan River, or Creek)
Note: On to Golden Waters, 3 miles. Thence to Dead Man's Hole, 5 miles. Thence to Belyabba Crossing, 7 miles. All places on Buchanan River (or Creek).
Met Mr Holt in motor car 3 miles east of Dead Man's Hole. Met Mr Cannington at Belyabba.
25 May 1922
Day 248 [248]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 150
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2795
Note: On to Bore No. 3, 4 miles. Then to Bore No. 4, 15 miles.
26 May 1922
Day 249 [249]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 151
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2801
Town/Locality Visited: Alexandria Station
Note: On to Alexandria Station, arriving about 10.30 a.m.
Certification/Comment: G. S. Lambert.
27 May 1922
Day 250 [250]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 151
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2801
Note: Rested at Alexandria Station.
(Note: Half breed question.)
28 May 1922
Day 251 [251]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 152
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2822
Town/Locality Visited: Connells Lagoon
Note: Left Alexandria Station for Brunette Downs Station. Went to Connell's Lagoon.
29 May 1922
Day 252 [252]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 153
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2834
Note: On to Cryo's Nest bore.
30 May 1922
Day 253 [253]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 154
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2851
Note: On to Armchair Bore.
31 May 1922
Day 254 [254]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 155
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2866
Town/Locality Visited: Brunette Downs Station
Note: On to Brunette Downs Station, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Brunette Downs on 31/5/22. (Signed) E. Lowe, manager.
01 June 1922
Day 255 [255]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 155
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2866
Note: Rested at Brunette Downs Station.
02 June 1922
Day 256 [256]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 156
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2884
Note: Went to Corella Bore.
Certification/Comment: Left Brunette Downs 9 a.m. 2/6/22. (Signed) D. C. Gassett.
03 June 1922
Day 257 [257]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 157
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2896
Note: On 12 miles to bore No. 6.
04 June 1922
Day 258 [258]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 158
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2916
Note: On to Bore No. ? and about 9 miles on.
05 June 1922
Day 259 [259]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 159
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2930
Town/Locality Visited: Anthony Lagoon
Note: On to Anthony Lagoon, arriving about 3.
Certification/Comment: T. Walker, Anthony Lagoon.
06 June 1922
Day 260 [260]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 159
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2930
Note: Rested at Anthony Lagoon
07 June 1922
Day 261 [261]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 160
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2948
Note: Left Anthony Lagoon for Bore No. 1.
08 June 1922
Day 262 [262]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 161
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2969
Town/Locality Visited: Cobbs Creek, Goose Creek, Turkey Creek
Note: On to Bore No. 2, passing Cobbs Creek, Goose Creek and Turkey Creek.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at No. 2 Bore at sundown looking tired and well worthy of a good rest. (Signed) Syd. Peacock.
09 June 1922
Day 263 [263]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 161
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2969
Note: Rested at Peacock's Camp
10 June 1922
Day 264 [264]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 161
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2969
Note: Rested at Peacock's Camp
11 June 1922
Day 265 [265]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 162
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2984
Town/Locality Visited: Eva Downs Station
Note: Left No. 2 bore for No. 3 bore. To Eva Downs and camped.
Certification/Comment: Lucy J. Peacock.
12 June 1922
Day 266 [266]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 163
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 2999
Town/Locality Visited: Broad Creek
Note: To Broad Creek and to No. 3 Bore. 10 miles plus 5 miles.
13 June 1922
Day 267 [267]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 164
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3015
Town/Locality Visited: Cattle Creek
Note: To Cattle Creek (No. 4 Bore) 16 miles.
14 June 1922
Day 268 [268]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 165
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3038
Town/Locality Visited: Bundarra Creek, Gravel Creek
Note: To Bundarra Creek 15 miles. To Gravel Creek (No. 5 Bore) 8 miles.
15 June 1922
Day 269 [269]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 166
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3058
Town/Locality Visited: Monmurra Waters
Note: To Monmurra Waters, 3 miles. To No. 6 Bore, 17 miles.
Certification/Comment: Met A. de B. at No. 6 Bore. (Signed) F. W. Muggleton, Pine Creek, Darwin.
16 June 1922
Day 270 [270]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 167
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3081
Town/Locality Visited: Tangi Idgi Waters
Note: On to Tangi Idgi Waters, 14 miles. To No. 7 Bore, 9 miles.
There is some mistake over the mileage. Took 20 hours to walk. Estimate 14-15 miles to Tangi Idgi and 8-9 miles on to bore.
17 June 1922
Day 271 [271]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 168
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3101
Note: On to Bore No. 8.
Certification/Comment: Adrian de Brune arrived No. 8 Bore 7 p.m. 17/6/22. (Signed) P. H. Peacock.
18 June 1922
Day 272 [272]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 168
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3101
Note: Rested at Camp.
19 June 1922
Day 273 [273]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 168
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3101
Note: Rested at Camp.
20 June 1922
Day 274 [274]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Town/Locality Visited: Newcastle Waters
Note: On to Newcastle Waters.
Certification/Comment: Met at Newcastle Waters 21/6/22. (Signed) J. C. Lovegrove.
Met A. le Brune at Newcastle Waters Station 21/6/22 (Signed) ?. ?. Burkett(?), manager.
21 June 1922
Day 275 [275]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago.
Remember "Gretchen."
Certification/Comment: S. Y. Churchill Smith, Newcastle Waters, N.T.
22 June 1922
Day 276 [276]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
23 June 1922
Day 277 [277]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
24 June 1922
Day 278 [278]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
25 June 1922
Day 279 [279]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
26 June 1922
Day 280 [280]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
27 June 1922
Day 281 [281]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
28 June 1922
Day 282 [282]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
29 June 1922
Day 283 [283]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
30 June 1922
Day 284 [284]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
01 July 1922
Day 285 [285]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
02 July 1922
Day 286 [286]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
03 July 1922
Day 287 [287]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
04 July 1922
Day 288 [288]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
05 July 1922
Day 289 [289]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 169
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3119
Note: Laid up 15 days at Newcastle Waters Station with bad feet and lumbago
06 July 1922
Day 290 [290]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 170
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3132
Note: Left Newcastle Waters for Daly Waters, 87 miles.
Went 8 miles to water. Then to edge of plain, 5 miles.
07 July 1922
Day 291 [291]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 171
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3153
Town/Locality Visited: Frews Ponds
Note: On across plain, 15 miles. (Note: incomplete windmill.) Then to Frews Ponds, 6 miles.
08 July 1922
Day 292 [292]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 172
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3171
Note: On to Mill Bore No. 6.
Met Director of Works, N.T. 6 miles north of Frew's Ponds and he gave me the following mileage which will be adopted as official:
Frew Ponds to No 6 (Milner), 18 miles. To No 5 (McGowry), 18 miles. To Daly waters, 13 miles. To No 4 (Rodericks), 12 miles. To No. 3 (Ironstone), 18 miles. To No. 2, 18 miles. To No. 1, 18 miles. To Warlock Ponds, 27 miles. To Bitter Springs, 14 miles. (Bitter Springs to Mataranka, off road, 3 miles.) To Marranboy, 40 miles. To Katherine, 38 miles. Total, 234 miles.
Came down Jump-up and across 3 miles. Black soil plain.
Camped about 200 yards south of bore, not seeing it in dark.
Certification/Comment: Percy J. Mooney 8 July 1922.
09 July 1922
Day 293 [293]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 173
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3189
Note: On to Bore No. 5. Came on telegraph line about mile past bore. Parallel with line only about 5 miles, and then line went east. Down another part of Jump-up.
10 July 1922
Day 294 [294]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 174
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3201
Town/Locality Visited: Daly Waters
Note: On to Daly Waters Telegraph Station. Mill at No. 5 not working. Met Administrator and party (five), about 4 miles from Mill No. 5. Did not stop. Telegraph line again came in about 2 miles on and ran along road to within 3 miles of Daly Waters. Then, after turning off at waterhole, came to line. Then to Daly Waters Telegraph Station.
Certification/Comment: T. C. Urquhart, Administrator, N.T.
Mr de Brune arrived at Daly Waters Telegraph Station 10/7/22. (Signed) W. Holtz.
11 July 1922
Day 295 [295]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 174
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3201
Note: [Assume AdB not on road, as "day walked" not shown. Ed.]
12 July 1922
Day 296 [296]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 174
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3201
Note: [Assume AdB not on road, as "day walked" not shown. Ed.]
13 July 1922
Day 297 [297]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 174
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3201
Note: [Assume AdB not on road, as "day walked" not shown. Ed.]
14 July 1922
Day 298 [298]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 175
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3215
Note: [At Daly waters. Ed.] On to Bore No. 4. Mill broken and water in pool very thick. Three out of seven mills on this route broken or useless. On to Bore No. 4.
15 July 1922
Day 299 [299]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 176
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3234
Note: On to Giles Pool, 14 miles. then on to Ironstone No. 3 bore. This bore right. Met donkey team, 8 miles north of No. 4.
16 July 1922
Day 300 [300]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 177
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3254
Note: On to Ross Pool, 14 miles. then to No. 2 bore, 6 miles. First 5 miles down hill. All roads very sandy.
17 July 1922
Day 301 [301]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 178
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3274
Note: On to 60m water, 7 miles. To Bore No. 1, 12 miles. At water hole saw grave of John Pearson, no age. Very sandy. Alongside of river.
18 July 1922
Day 302 [302]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 179
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3301
Town/Locality Visited: Warlock Ponds
Note: On 5 miles, to water. Then to Warlock Ponds, 22 miles. At Warlock Ponds met 2 donkey teams and also man with packs.
Certification/Comment: I met Mr A. de Brune on overland telegraph line and we had lunch together at post No. 2020, about 20 miles from Warlock Ponds. (Signed) H. Gill, mail contractor, Katherine.
19 July 1922
Day 303 [303]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 180
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3319
Town/Locality Visited: Bitter Springs, Mataranka Station
Note: On 5 miles, to gate. Then to Bitter Springs, 9 miles. Then to Mataranka Station, 4 miles.
Warlock Ponds close to old Elsie Downs Station.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Mataranka, 19/1/22. (Signed) A. Morrice, manager.
20 July 1922
Day 304 [304]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 181
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3319
Note: On to Bitter Springs 4 miles.
(The three abos—Kimberley Jack), at 4 miles, (Abraham's) billabong, and on to the billabong at 10 miles.
21 July 1922
Day 305 [305]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 182
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3341
Note: On towards Maranboy and camped with Mr Bloom's teams.
(Note Absentee landlords. Lease conditions not complied with.)
Crystal Water today. Giant anthills.
22 July 1922
Day 306 [306]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 183
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3367
Note: On towards Maranboy. Running stream on right. Arrival at Mr Roobssoff's camp, about 8 p.m. at night.
23 July 1922
Day 307 [307]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 183
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3367
Town/Locality Visited: Maranboy
Note: Stayed at Marranboy
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Maranboy 23/7/22. (Signed) H. S. Giles M.C. [Mounted Constable. Ed.]
Called at A.I.M. 23/7/22. (Signed) L. W. Dunlop, matron; J. Gray, sister.
24 July 1922
Day 308 [308]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 184
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3379
Town/Locality Visited: Roper River Crossing
Note: On to Roper River Crossing and to 8 miles, water.
Passed, 2 miles from Maranboy, Mr Ranald, who sends greetings to Mr Matt Wilson at the Depot.
25 July 1922
Day 309 [309]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 185
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3399
Town/Locality Visited: Katherine
Note: On to 8 miles, water and to Bullock Head.
Certification/Comment: Camped Bullock Head with me. (Signed) D. Sergeant, Maranboy-Katherine mailman.
26 July 1922
Day 310 [310]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 186
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3411
Note: On to Katherine.
Certification/Comment: Arrival at Katherine Telegraph Station. (Signed) Bruce Forrest, postmaster.
J. A. P. Hunt, Sportsman's Arms Hotel, Katherine.
27 July 1922
Day 311 [311]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 187
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3423
Note: On to railhead, 4 miles. Then on to railway cottages 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Met at railhead, 27/7/22. (Signed) T. K. Hemming, M.C. [Mounted Constable. Ed.]; Colin N. Cox; J. Luz, butcher.
28 July 1922
Day 312 [312]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 188
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3438
Town/Locality Visited: Edith River Camp
Note: On to 23 miles along railway road. Very rough and many creeks crossing road, all dry. On to Edith River 17-mile camp.
Certification/Comment: At Edith River Camp. (Signed) T. Juffe, C. J. Howland, G. Wooldridge.
29 July 1922
Day 313 [313]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 189
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3454
Town/Locality Visited: Horseshoe Siding, Ferguson River, Cullen Siding
Note: On to 160-mile camp, passing Horseshoe Siding at 170-mile mark and Ferguson River at 166-mile mark.
The deviation of railway at Ferguson River—concrete piles in river and embankments.
On to Cullen Siding and camped.
Why not native names for sidings, as in other parts of Australia?
30 July 1922
Day 314 [314]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 190
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3468
Town/Locality Visited: Pine Creek
Note: On to Pine Creek. Started late.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Pine Creek, 30/7/22. E. C. Nicholls, office in charge, police station.
31 July 1922
Day 315 [315]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 191
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3479
Town/Locality Visited: Union, Lady Alice Camp
Note: [Days 315 and 316 both showed as 191. Corrected on day 318]
On to Union, 7m. Then to Lady Alice Camp, 3m.
01 August 1922
Day 316 [316]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 192
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3490
Town/Locality Visited: Burrundie
Note: On to Burrundie, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Burrundie, 3 p.m., (Signed) B. Austin.
02 August 1922
Day 317 [317]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 193
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3510
Town/Locality Visited: Lady Grace, Brocks Creek
Note: Yesterday, road through hills was stony and bad.
On to Lady Grace (113-mile mark), and then to 112-mile mark camp. Then on to Brock's Creek, passing train.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Zapopan, Brock's Creek. (Signed) Tom Styles.
03 August 1922
Day 318 [318]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 194
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3526
Note: At Brock's Creek. On to 100-mile camp. Then to 88-mile camp.
Certification/Comment: Called at Federation Hotel. 3/8/22. Good Luck. (Signed) Mrs H. Haines.
Brock's Creek Police Station, 3/8/22. This was presented here today, for my signature, by a man purporting to be (and whom I believe to be) Aidan de Brune, passing through towards Darwin. R. Wood, Mounted Constable.
I have this day interviewed a man who gave his name as Aidan de Brune, who is passing through here per boot and going towards Darwin. H. P. Cameron, Mounted Constable, Daly River.
04 August 1922
Day 319 [319]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 195
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3537
Town/Locality Visited: Adelaide River
Note: On to Adelaide River, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Adelaide River 3 p.m. (Signed) T. S Campbell.
05 August 1922
Day 320 [320]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 196
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3556
Town/Locality Visited: Stapleton Siding, Rum Jungle
Note: On to Stapleton Siding, 7 miles. On to Rum Jungle.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Stapleton about midday. (Signed) R. D. Dugdale.
Arrived Rum Jungle 7 p.m. (Signed) T. Flynn.
06 August 1922
Day 321 [321]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 197
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3578
Certification/Comment: Arrived at 46-mile mark, 12.30. (Signed) Alf Molen.
07 August 1922
Day 322 [322]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 198
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3590
Certification/Comment: Met at Darwin River. (Signed) George Conway.
08 August 1922
Day 323 [323]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 199
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3602
Note: On to 22-mile mark, 12 miles.
Quality land at side of line. Chinese and natives—opium.
09 August 1922
Day 324 [324]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 200
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3621
Note: On to 2-mile mark.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at 2-mile loco-shops. (Signed) W. Murray, J . Bullman.
10 August 1922
Day 325 [325]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 3
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Town/Locality Visited: Darwin
Note: At Darwin.
Certification/Comment: Reported at N.T. Times Office, Darwin at 8.45 a.m. (Signed) J. A. Porter, editor.
Pleased to meet such a "sport." (Signed) Allan L. Evans, Deputy Commissioner Taxation, Darwin.
H. G. Nelson, Agent, Darwin.
A. M. Wilson, Accountant.
The Territory Agency for H. McGuire.
E. M .Christie, Government Secretary, Darwin.
A. W. Adams, Mayor, Darwin.
Best wishes for the journey. (Signed) Percy Kelsey.
J H. Millican, Officer in Charge, N. T. Railway.
D. McKinnon, Managing Editor, Northern Standard, Darwin.
11 August 1922
Day 326 [326]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
12 August 1922
Day 327 [327]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
13 August 1922
Day 328 [328]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
14 August 1922
Day 329 [329]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
15 August 1922
Day 330 [330]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
16 August 1922
Day 331 [331]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
17 August 1922
Day 332 [332]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
18 August 1922
Day 333 [333]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 201
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3624
Note: Rested at Darwin
19 August 1922
Day 334 [334]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 202
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3634
Note: Left Darwin for Wyndham. To 10-mile.
Certification/Comment: G. Searle, Victoria Hotel, Darwin.
Hugh Gilroy, 6-mile Hotel, Wyndham. Mother waiting for a letter from you. H. Robinson, 2-mile, near Darwin.
20 August 1922
Day 335 [335]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 203
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3646
Note: On to 22-mile mark, passing siding at 10 miles. New boots rubbed heels badly, arrived late.
21 August 1922
Day 336 [336]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 204
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3658
Certification/Comment: C. M. Flynn 34-mile.
22 August 1922
Day 337 [337]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 205
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3670
Note: On to 46-mile.
Certification/Comment: A. Molin.
23 August 1922
Day 338 [338]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 206
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3682
Town/Locality Visited: Rum Jungle
Note: On to Rum Jungle, 12 miles.
24 August 1922
Day 339 [339]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 207
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3701
Town/Locality Visited: Stapleton, Adelaide River
Note: On to Stapleton, 12 miles. Then to Adelaide River, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: T. S. Campbell; M. Campbell; J. Stone, A.R.
25 August 1922
Day 340 [340]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 208
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3712
Note: On to 88-mile camp, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: T. Reade; A. E. Smitheram.
26 August 1922
Day 341 [341]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 209
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3728
Town/Locality Visited: Howie
Note: On to Brock's Creek—via Howie, 12 miles—16 miles.
27 August 1922
Day 342 [342]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 209
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3728
Note: At Brock's Creek.
28 August 1922
Day 343 [343]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 210
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3748
Town/Locality Visited: Burrundie
Note: Left Brock's Creek for Burundie, via 112-mile camp and Lady Grace, 113-mile.
Certification/Comment: Frances Haynes; Henry Haynes, Brock's Creek; B. Austin, Burundie.
29 August 1922
Day 344 [344]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 211
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3770
Town/Locality Visited: Lady Alice Camp, Union, Pine Creek
Note: [Day number same as next record. Ed.] On to Lady Alice Camp, 11 miles. Then to Union, 3 miles. Then to Pine Creek, 7m.
30 August 1922
Day 345 [344]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 211
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3770
Note: [Day number same as previous record. Ed.] At Pine Creek.
Certification/Comment: Christina Gordon, Pine Creek Hotel.
May Brown, Hotel Victoria, Darwin.
31 August 1922
Day 346 [345]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 212
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3784
Town/Locality Visited: Cullen
Note: On to Cullen, 14 miles.
01 September 1922
Day 347 [346]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 213
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3800
Town/Locality Visited: Edith River
Note: To Edith River.
02 September 1922
Day 348 [347]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 214
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3824
Town/Locality Visited: Emungalan
Note: On to cottage at 191-mile, then on to Emungalan.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Emungalan (Signed) H. Webb.
03 September 1922
Day 349 [348]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 214
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3824
Note: At Emungalan
Certification/Comment: J. W. Bernhard, Emungalan. 3/9/22.
Kitty Bernhard.
A. Cockburn Campbell and (Lady) M. Cockburn Campbell.
L. R. Dunn.
L. Kingsmaill.
B. E. Hunt.
M. S. Davis.
Thos. Hunt.
E. J. Marshall.
T O M (sic)(Campbell)
W. J. Croft.
W. H. Bray.
04 September 1922
Day 350 [349]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 215
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3838
Town/Locality Visited: Mandolloo, Katherine
Note: To Mandolloo, 11 miles. On to Katherine, 3 miles.
05 September 1922
Day 351 [350]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 216
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3861
Town/Locality Visited: King River Crossing
Note: On to King River Crossing, 23 miles.
Beautiful country. Plenty of creeks.
06 September 1922
Day 352 [351]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 217
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3887
Town/Locality Visited: Limestone Creek, Scotts Creek
Note: On to Limestone Creek, 14 miles. To Scotts Creek, 12 miles. Better water after Limestone Creek.
07 September 1922
Day 353 [352]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 218
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3907
Town/Locality Visited: Native Cat, Mathieson River, Camp-Oven Creek, Rock Hole
Note: On to Native Cat, 8 miles. Then to Mathieson River—no water—6 miles. Then to Camp-Oven Creek—water 2 miles up. Then to Rock Hole, 4 miles.
08 September 1922
Day 354 [353]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 219
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3921
Town/Locality Visited: Bulls Creek, Willeroo Station
Note: On to Bull's Creek, 8 miles. Then to Willeroo Station.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Willeroo 7/9/22, 3 p.m. (Signed) P. G. Kelly, Manager.
Good luck, best wishes from Willeroo Station. (Signed) C. S. Massie; Robt. Dunn, bookkeeper; (Mrs) L. Dunn.
09 September 1922
Day 355 [354]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 219
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3921
Note: At Willeroo
10 September 1922
Day 356 [355]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 220
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3942
Town/Locality Visited: Baldy Springs, Paddy Springs
Note: On to Delemere Station via Baldy Springs, 6 miles. To Paddy Springs, 15 miles. Water 2 miles past Baldy Springs.
Certification/Comment: L. H. Brumby, Paddy Springs 10/9/22.
11 September 1922
Day 357 [356]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 221
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3957
Town/Locality Visited: Freds Creek
Note: On to Fred's Creek, 11 miles. To Delemere Station, 4 miles. (Swag carried on Mr Brumby's donkey team wagon.)
Certification/Comment: Certification: E. Connell, Delemere.
12 September 1922
Day 358 [357]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 221
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3957
Town/Locality Visited: Delemere Station
Note: At Delemere Station
13 September 1922
Day 359 [358]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 222
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 3984
Town/Locality Visited: Ruby Springs, George Creek
Note: On to Ruby Springs, 6 miles. Then to George Creek and Yards, 12 miles. Along George River for 9 miles. Water good throughout. Remember George Valley.
14 September 1922
Day 360 [359]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 223
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4010
Town/Locality Visited: Revolver Springs, Battle Creek, Water Bag Creek
Note: On to Revolver Springs, 9 miles. Through beautiful valleys. Then to Battle Creek 6 miles. On to Yard, 2 miles. Then to Water Bag Creek (no water), 4 miles. Then on to about 3 miles from Victoria River.
15 September 1922
Day 361 [360]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 224
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4029
Town/Locality Visited: Victoria River, Victoria River Station
Note: On to Victoria River, 3 miles. Then to 8-mile Yard. Then to Station, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Victoria River Downs, 15/9/22, at 7.45 p.m. (Signed) Thomas Graham, manager; C. Lincoln; G. H. Hunter; B. S. Stanford; Victoria River Station.
16 September 1922
Day 362 [361]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 224
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4029
Note: At Victoria River Station.
17 September 1922
Day 363 [362]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 224
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4029
Note: At Victoria River Station.
18 September 1922
Day 364 [363]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 225
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4051
Town/Locality Visited: Crawford Creek
Note: Left after dinner. On to Crawford Creek, 12 miles, and then 10 miles (about) at night.
19 September 1922
Day 365 [364]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 226
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4077
Town/Locality Visited: Surprise Creek, Sundown Hill, Jasper Gorge, Slatey Hole
Note: On to Surprise Creek, 5 miles. Then to Sundown Hill, 5 miles. To Bottle Tree Water Hole, 3 miles. Through Jasper Gorge, 6 miles. To T. K. To Slatey Hole, 2 miles, and on 5 miles.
20 September 1922
Day 366 [365]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 227
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4096
Town/Locality Visited: Skull Creek, Dingo Spring
Note: One year today since leaving Sydney.
To Bob's Grave, 3 miles. To Skull Creek, 4 miles. To Potato Tin Water Hole, 4 miles. To Dingo Spring, 5 miles. To 11-mile Water Hole, 3 miles.
Note, range [of mountains] all along route. Between Skull Creek and Potato Tin Water Hole, line of slaty rock hills on left, about a mile long.
Certification/Comment: Carl Lindenoff, 11-mile Depot. Regards to Cooney and Archibald, also Jim Cunningham at Hall's Creek.
21 September 1922
Day 367 [366]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 228
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4109
Town/Locality Visited: Timber Creek
Note: To 5-mile Yard, 5 miles. To Police Camp, 5 miles. To Depot, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Phil F. Muldoon, Police Station, Timber Creek—Kind regards to Mr and Mrs Darcy, Keep Station.
Bearer passed Timber Creek Police Station, Victoria River, N.T. 21/9/22.
These little things are great to little man.—J. T. Turner, M.C. [Mounted Constable. Ed.], O.I.C.
Good luck to you in your arduous journey. M. B. Wilson.
22 September 1922
Day 368 [367]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 229
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4119
Town/Locality Visited: Horse Creek
Note: On to Horse Creek, 5 miles. Took wrong track and went bush all day. Whirlwind in hills. Water. Then on to Sandy Creek, 12 miles. Then on 6 miles. (within 6 miles. of Sandy Creek.)
Certification/Comment: T. H. Farrell, Horse Creek.
23 September 1922
Day 369 [368]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 230
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4141
Town/Locality Visited: Sandy Creek, Alea Creek, Auvergne Lagoon
Note: On to Sandy Creek, 6 miles. On to Bottle Tree and Lagoons (all off road). Then to Alea Creek, 3 miles. Then to Auvergne Lagoon (2m off road) and then on 5 miles.
24 September 1922
Day 370 [369]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 231
Daily Distance (miles): 3
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4144
Town/Locality Visited: Auvergne Station
Note: On to Auvergne Station, 3 miles. Land here not too good. Ti-trees and thorn-trees. Very sandy, and poor water.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Auvergne Station 7.30 a.m. (Signed) H. S. Dwyer.
25 September 1922
Day 371 [370]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 231
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4144
Note: At Auvergne
26 September 1922
Day 372 [371]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 232
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4162
Town/Locality Visited: The Keep, Dicks Creek, Snakes Creek
Note: On to The Keep. To Dicks Creek, 8 miles. To Snakes Creek, 10 miles.
27 September 1922
Day 373 [372]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 233
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4183
Town/Locality Visited: Baines River
Note: To Baines River, 9 miles. To unnamed creek, 12 miles. Track very bad to Baines, all broken black soil. Only mud at Dicks Creek, and water on road past Snakes Creek. No water from there to creek on left of road, about a mile before Baines. Then at Baines River.
28 September 1922
Day 374 [373]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 234
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4210
Town/Locality Visited: Stoney Point Creek, Keep Station
Note: To Stoney Point Creek, 12 miles. On towards Keep Station arriving about midnight. Storm brewing and rain about an hour before dawn.
29 September 1922
Day 375 [374]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 234
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4210
Note: At Keep Station
Certification/Comment: C. Darcy.
30 September 1922
Day 376 [375]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 234
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4210
Note: At Keep Station
01 October 1922
Day 377 [376]
State or Territory: NT
Cumulative Days Walked: 235
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4239
Town/Locality Visited: Moriarty Creek, Newry Station
Note: On towards Wyndham. To Moriarty Creek, 5 miles. To Old Newry Station, 14 and on about 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Betty Kelly, Newry Station. Ward Colliss. J. Wilkins.


VIII. — WESTERN AUSTRALIA

02 October 1922
Day 378 [377]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 236
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4247
Town/Locality Visited: Argyll Station
Note: [Entered Western Australia.] On to Argyll Station, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Argyll 9 a.m. (Signed) G. W. G. Candy.
R. A. Dies.
A. E. Rademy (Mrs), Argyll.
John Rademy, Lissadell Station, manager.
A. Durack (Mrs), Argyll Stn.
A. Durack (Miss) Ambrosine (6 yrs.)
Ambrose Durack.
H. Reid, Auvergne Stn.
03 October 1922
Day 379 [378]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 236
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4247
Note: [At Argyll Station. Ed.]
04 October 1922
Day 380 [379]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 237
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4257
Town/Locality Visited: Ord River
Note: On towards Ivanhoe. Reached Ord River and then got bushed trying to follow faint camel track. Late at night saw drovers' fire and made to it. Remember Rocky Hill. Did about 10 miles. of journey.
05 October 1922
Day 381 [380]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 238
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4271
Town/Locality Visited: Granite Creek
Note: Towards Ivanhoe on drovers' road. Through gap to water hole, 2 miles. Then to waterhole, 5 miles, and on to Granite Creek where camped with Scott and Robertson, drovers—14 miles.
06 October 1922
Day 382 [381]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 239
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4297
Town/Locality Visited: Ivanhoe Station
Note: On to Ord River crossing, 3 miles, and to second crossing, 3 miles. On to Ivanhoe, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: W. J. S. Jones, manager, Ivanhoe Station, Kiab.
Hubert F. Kessell, Oakes-Durack Oil Co.
07 October 1922
Day 383 [382]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 239
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4297
Note: Rested at Ivanhoe Station
08 October 1922
Day 384 [383]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 240
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4322
Town/Locality Visited: The Bend
Note: On to Wyndham, via The Bend, 20 miles, and on at night about 5 miles.
09 October 1922
Day 385 [384]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 241
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4351
Town/Locality Visited: Goose Hill, Wyndham
Note: On to Goose Hill, 7 miles. To Wireless Station, 8 miles. [At Wyndham. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: A. Brown. (Goose Hill.)
Aidan de Brune arrived at Wireless Telegraph Station, Wyndham. Good luck. (Signed) A. C. Anderson, O.I.C., E. G. Roberts, G. F. Cook.
Got the shock of my life when Aidan de Brune, about 6 p.m., informed me he had just strolled in from Sydney. (Signed) ?. Riddell(?), 9-mile.
First time of signing as under, E.? M. D.
Best of health and luck. (Signed) Evelyn M. Daymond.
W. A. Daymond. 9/10/22.
Jim Burgoin, 9-mile, Wyndham. 9/10/22.
Aidan de Brune arrived 6.30 a.m. today looking very well after his long journey from Sydney. He has my very best wishes. (Signed) W. A. Smith, post-office, Wyndham. 10/10/22.
Arthur R. Adams, D.M.O., Wyndham, Govt. Hospital.
Aidan de Brune Arrived Wyndham, 6.30 a.m. 10/10/23.
'Across the desert on thought's bright winds, My bird of inland a message brings.' Best wishes, M. Agnes Rihll, Wyndham Hotel.
Norman V. Kearsley, Wyndham, W.A. 10/10/22.
10 October 1922
Day 386 [385]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 241
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4351
Note: At Wyndham
Certification/Comment: Phyllis Osborne
Thomas Tucknell.
Wyndham, 10/10/22. Wishing Aidan de Brune a successful return to Sydney. (Signed) A. H. Pearce.
Good luck and best wishes to Aidan de Brune. (Signed) George W. Turner, Wyndham, W.A.
Wyndham, 10/10/22. Good luck and may God be with you on your lonely walk. (Signed) Mrs Nina Pearce.
Mr Aidan de Brune has taken on a job that requires some "guts." He has my best wishes for a safe journey. (Signed) F. Fowle, manager, Wyndham Meat Works. 10 a.m. 11/10/22.
11 October 1922
Day 387 [386]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 242
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4357
Note: Left Wyndham, 3 p.m. To Six-Mile Hotel, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Best of Luck, Mr Aidan de Brune, from E. T. Begley, Six-Mile Hotel, Wyndham. Remember "Durack's Folly."
12 October 1922
Day 388 [387]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 243
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4374
Town/Locality Visited: Muggs Lagoon
Note: To Nine-Mile, 4 miles. To Radio Station, 4 miles. To Muggs Lagoon, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: To J. Simpson, Eyre. Spending a few days at Nine-Mile after the big event. Heaps of good wishes from the wife and self to Mrs P., Billie, wife and self—Albert, 12/10/22.
To Billie Pearce, Eyre.—Kind regards to all of you. Father out about Goose Hill. J. Cameron.
13 October 1922
Day 389 [388]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 244
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4398
Town/Locality Visited: Spring Creek, Cheese Tin Creek
Note: Muggs Lagoon to Spring Creek, 10 miles. Very rough track through hills, and sandy. To Cheese Tin Creek, 6 miles, and on 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Muggs Lagoon, J. Evans, H. D. Wells.
14 October 1922
Day 390 [389]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 245
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4408
Town/Locality Visited: Sandy Creek, Dillons Springs
Note: To Sandy Creek, 1 mile. To Dillons Springs, 3 miles, and on 6 miles.
15 October 1922
Day 391 [390]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 246
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4414
Town/Locality Visited: Dry Lagoon
Note: On to Mr Brennan's at Dry Lagoon, 6 miles. Broke down on road, owing to heat.
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune arrived here on the 15th about 8 a.m. Continued his journey on the morning of the 17th. Wishing you the best of luck on your journey. E. R. Brennan, Dunham Station, 17/10/22.
16 October 1922
Day 392 [391]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 246
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4414
Town/Locality Visited: Dunham Station
Note: At Dunham Station
17 October 1922
Day 393 [392]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Town/Locality Visited: Dunham River, Upper Dunham River Crossing, McPhee Creek, Junction Station
Note: On to Dunham River, 3 miles, and then to Upper Dunham River Crossing, 5 miles. To McPhee Creek, 5 miles, and to Junction Station, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune arrived Junction Station 17/10/22. Archie Martin, Hilda M. Martin, Junction Station.
18 October 1922
Day 394 [393]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Note: At Junction Station with dysentery
19 October 1922
Day 395 [394]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Note: At Junction Station with dysentery
20 October 1922
Day 396 [395]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Note: At Junction Station with dysentery
21 October 1922
Day 397 [396]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Note: At Junction Station with dysentery
22 October 1922
Day 398 [397]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 247
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4434
Note: At Junction Station with dysentery
23 October 1922
Day 399 [398]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 248
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4453
Note: On to gap in hills, 6 miles. Then to lily pool, 2 miles. Then to yard, 6 miles. Storm midday and late afternoon. Then on 5 miles.
24 October 1922
Day 400 [399]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 249
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4475
Town/Locality Visited: Bow River
Note: Some rain in night. On to Bow River, 9 miles. On to water hole at gate, 4 miles. Then on towards Butler's Bow, about 9 miles.
25 October 1922
Day 401 [400]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 250
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4494
Town/Locality Visited: Butlers Bow, Turkey Creek
Note: On to Butlers Bow, 5 miles. To Turkey Creek, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Turkey Creek, W.A. 25/10/22, p.m. Best wishes J. R. Cunningham.
26 October 1922
Day 402 [401]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 251
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4507
Town/Locality Visited: Cartridge Station
Note: On to Cartridge Station, 13 miles. Storm last night, 122 points.
Certification/Comment: Best of Luck. T. Smith, manager.
27 October 1922
Day 403 [402]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 251
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4507
Note: At Cartridge Station
28 October 1922
Day 404 [403]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 251
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4507
Note: At Cartridge Station
29 October 1922
Day 405 [404]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 251
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4507
Note: At Cartridge Station
30 October 1922
Day 406 [405]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 252
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4533
Town/Locality Visited: Frogs Hole, Fletchers Old Station, Six-Mile Crossing, Ord River
Note: On to Alice Down via Frogs Hole, 10 miles. To Fletchers Old Station, 4 miles. To Six-Mile Crossing, 6 miles. To Ord River, 6 miles.
31 October 1922
Day 407 [406]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 253
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4555
Town/Locality Visited: Dougals Well, Wolfs Creek, Reedy Creek, Alice Downs Station
Note: To Dougals Well, 2 miles. To Wolfs Creek, 3 miles. To Killing Pen, 3 miles. To Reedy Creek, 2 miles. To 14-mile well, 7 miles. To Alice Downs Station, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune arrived at Alice Downs Station on 31/10/22, continued on his journey 1/11/22. Good luck. W. P. Sclanders, manager.
01 November 1922
Day 408 [407]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 254
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4579
Town/Locality Visited: Grants Creek, Panton River, Prospect Creek
Note: On towards Hall's Creek. To Grant's Creek, 5 miles. Panton River, 5 miles. Prospect Creek, 10 miles, and on 4 miles, to camp.
02 November 1922
Day 409 [408]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 255
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4598
Town/Locality Visited: Duffers Well, Sheep Camp Well, Halls Creek
Note: To Duffers Well, 4 miles. To Sheep Camp Well, 8 miles. To Halls Creek, 7 miles.
(Note: - To ring up Miss E. C. Livingstone, of Curratus, Mt. Gambier, S.A., re letter from Mr H. S. Kessell.)
Certification/Comment: Aida de Brune arrived at Hall's Creek 6 p.m. 2/11/22. Carries my best wishes. J. F. Flinders, Officer in Charge Police, Hall's Creek.
Fred J. Pridaux, postmaster, Resident Magistrate, Hall's Creek, 3/11/22.
Hall's Creek Hospital, J. Hepburn, E. Gill, sisters. Send greeting to sister at Port Hedland.
03 November 1922
Day 410 [409]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 256
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4620
Town/Locality Visited: Nine-Mile Well, Rock Hole, Koogall Station
Note: To Nine-Mile Well, 9 miles. To Rock Hole, 9 miles. To Mr McCombe's Station, 4 miles.
04 November 1922
Day 411 [410]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 256
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4620
Note: At Koogall Station
Certification/Comment: With good wishes. C. D. McCombe, Koogall, via Hall's Creek, W.A., 4/11/22.
05 November 1922
Day 412 [411]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 257
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4640
Town/Locality Visited: Lamboo Station
Note: To Lamboo Station, 20 miles. Water at 4 miles, 9 miles, 12 miles. Arrived at Lamboo Station about midnight 5th and camped at gate. Get Prospectors Guide for H. L. Benison, Lamboo, Hall's Creek.
06 November 1922
Day 413 [412]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 257
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4640
Note: At Lamboo Station
Certification/Comment: H. L. Benison, Lambo, Halls Creek.
07 November 1922
Day 414 [413]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 257
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4640
Note: At Lamboo Station
Certification/Comment: Lamboo Station, Kimberley, W.A. 7/11/22. Mr A. de Brune is certainly earning the knowledge of Australia which he seeks and which is universally wanting. Fred C. Booty, J.P.
08 November 1922
Day 415 [414]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 258
Daily Distance (miles): 36
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4676
Note: To Margaret River, 5 miles. To Second Crossing Margaret River, 5 miles. To 18-mile yard, 8 miles. To Margaret River Station, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: Margaret River, 9/11/22. His feet have touched the meadows/And left the spinifex grow/You'll have to get a move on/If to Sydney you have to go. J. Egan, manager, Margaret River Station.
09 November 1922
Day 416 [415]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 258
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4676
Town/Locality Visited: Margaret River Station
Note: At Margaret River Station
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived here 6 a.m. today. Wishing him the best of luck on his lonely track. Jack Egan, Margaret Station.
Enjoying the pleasure of Mr A. de Brune's company at the Margaret River Station, East Kimberley. Wish him good luck upon his arduous trip. Chas. Arthur. 9/11/22.
At Margaret River Station. 11/11/22. Mr A. de Brune is wished the best of luck on his weary trip. S. Rea, P.C. 7235, Nor-West Mounted Police, Fitzroy Crossing.
10 November 1922
Day 417 [416]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 258
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4676
Note: At Margaret River Station.
(There is a mistake in the numbering of days here, 4 days being missed.)
[De Brune actually duplicated the day numbers of 4 days. His numbering is continued for 4 days, with alpha suffix added by me. Ed.]
11 November 1922
Day 418 [416a]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 259
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4692
Town/Locality Visited: Louisa Downs Station
Note: To Louisa Downs Station.
[Day number 416 duplicated. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Louisa Downs Station, 12/11/22. Mr A. de Brune arrived 6 a.m. today. I wish him a safe trip on his long walk. W. Cox, owner, Louisa Downs.
Met Aidan de Brune here today. He has my best wishes for the 5,000 miles in front of him. H. P. Buckley, Assist. Geo., Locke Oil Party, Sydney.
Met Mr A. de Brune on his long weary walk. Wish him best of luck. A. Roberts, motor driver, Derby.
I met Mr de Brune and don't envy him his trip, and also advise him to pocket a "gat," but I wish him the best of luck and "bon" trip. John Tomlinson, motor driver, Moola Bulla Station.
Louisa Downs, 12/11/22. Very pleasant to have met Aidan de Brune, and wish him the best of luck. Tre Bon Monsieur. J. Stevenson.
12 November 1922
Day 419 [416b]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 259
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4692
Note: At Louisa Downs Station.
[Day number 416 duplicated. Ed.]
13 November 1922
Day 420 [416c]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 260
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4701
Note: On towards Fitzroy. To 9-mile Yard and then had heat stroke and had to go back.
[Counted walking day 260 twice. Ed.]
[Day number 416 duplicated. Ed.]
14 November 1922
Day 421 [416d]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 260
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4723
Town/Locality Visited: Pond Springs
Note: On to 9-Mile Yard, 9 miles. To Pond Springs, 13 miles.
[Day number 416 duplicated. Ed.]
Walked, but did not count as walking day. Ed.]
15 November 1922
Day 422 [416e]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 261
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4737
Note: To creek, billabong, 4 miles. To wire yard, 4 miles. To Morgan's Grave, 6 miles.
[Day number 416 duplicated. Ed.]
16 November 1922
Day 423 [417]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 262
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4753
Town/Locality Visited: Louisa River, Black Hills
Note: To Pothole, Louisa River, 9 miles. To Black Hills, 7 miles.
17 November 1922
Day 424 [418]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 263
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4763
Note: To pothole in creek, 10 miles, but could not find it. Plenty of water in Margaret River.
18 November 1922
Day 425 [419]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Town/Locality Visited: Fossil Downs Station
Note: To Station Gates, 10 miles. Road very sandy. Felt very ill and cannot stand sun. To Fossil Downs Station, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Jas. Lahey, J.P., manager Fossil Downs Stn.
19 November 1922
Day 426 [420]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
20 November 1922
Day 427 [421]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
21 November 1922
Day 428 [422]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
22 November 1922
Day 429 [423]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
23 November 1922
Day 430 [424]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
24 November 1922
Day 431 [425]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
25 November 1922
Day 432 [426]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 264
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4776
Note: At Fossil Downs Station
26 November 1922
Day 433 [427]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 265
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4794
Note: Left for [Fitzroy] Crossing and went 20 miles.
27 November 1922
Day 434 [428]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 266
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4803
Town/Locality Visited: Fitzroy Crossing
Note: To [Fitzroy] Crossing 5 miles, and on 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: A. B. Gardiner, proprietor, Fitzroy Inn. Met A. de Brune 28/11/22.
A. J. Dean, postmaster, Fitzroy Crossing, W.A. 28/11/22.
28 November 1922
Day 435 [429]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 266
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4803
Note: [Day number skipped in diary. Ed.]
29 November 1922
Day 436 [430]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 267
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4824
Town/Locality Visited: Jubilee Downs Station
Note: On to Jubilee Downs Station, 21 miles.
Certification/Comment: Happened to meet Mr A. de Brune along the Fitzroy Road, near Jubilee Station, when on patrol. Wish him best of luck on his lonely trip. C. Moynihan, P.C. 1227, Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley Mounted Police.
A. de Brune arrived Jubilee Downs, Fitzroy River, 29/11/22, left 30/11/22. A. W. Rogers, manager.
E. DeLaney.
30 November 1922
Day 437 [431]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 267
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4824
Note: At Jubilee Downs.
01 December 1922
Day 438 [432]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 267
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4824
Town/Locality Visited: Troy Lagoon, Snake Creek
Note: At Jubilee Downs
02 December 1922
Day 439 [433]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 268
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4830
Town/Locality Visited: Quanbun Station
Note: To Quanbun Station, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived Quanbun Station today, 2/12/22. Leaving tomorrow. Best wishes from all on station go with him. Malachy Ashton, manager; C. J. Parsons. Quanoun Station.
03 December 1922
Day 440 [434]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 269
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4854
Town/Locality Visited: Halfway Lagoon
Note: (Towards Nookonbar Station, 30 miles.) To Halfway Lagoon, 14 miles, and on about 10 miles.
04 December 1922
Day 441 [435]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 270
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4860
Town/Locality Visited: Nookombar Station
Note: To Nookombar Station, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived this morning, 4/12/22. F. R. Williams.
Wishing you the best of luck. F. W. Hurst, Nookombah Station, 5/12/22.
05 December 1922
Day 442 [436]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 270
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4860
Note: At Nookombah Station
06 December 1922
Day 443 [437]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 271
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4885
Note: On Towards Upper Liveringa. Passed gates at 1 mile, 4 miles (water) and 8 miles (water mile before gate), and on 4 miles. Met mailman at 20 miles.
07 December 1922
Day 444 [438]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 272
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4912
Note: On to gate, 3 miles. (water 1 mile past gate.) Then to gate, 6 miles. To Boab yard, 1 mile. To Troy Lagoon and gate, 3 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 8 miles. To Snake Creek, 5 miles.
08 December 1922
Day 445 [439]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 273
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4930
Town/Locality Visited: Upper Liveringa
Note: To gate 2 miles (water), 8 miles gate, 3 miles gate, 5m to Station.
Certification/Comment: Kimberley Pastoral Company Limited, Upper Liveringa, J. R. Fitzsimmons.
09 December 1922
Day 446 [440]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 274
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4952
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Anderson Station
Note: On to Mt. Anderson Station, past racecourse, 22 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. J. Logue 10/12/22.
G. C. Rose, jnr. Have one at Adams for me.
10 December 1922
Day 447 [441]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 274
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4966
Town/Locality Visited: Lower Liveringa
Note: On to Lower Liveringa.
[Cumulative days walked, 274, same as previous day. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: George Millard, Lower Liveringa. 10/12/22.
11 December 1922
Day 448 [442]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 275
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4988
Town/Locality Visited: Willum
Note: On to Broken Wagon, 12 miles (water). To gate, 4 miles. To water on left, 2 miles. To Willum, 4 miles.
12 December 1922
Day 449 [443]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 276
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 4994
Town/Locality Visited: Yeeda Station
Note: To Yeeda Station, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Frank English, manager, Yeeda Station. 12/12/22. Wishing Aidan de Brune best of luck.
Good luck to Aidan de Brune. P. Ryan, Boundary Rider, Yeeda Station.
13 December 1922
Day 450 [444]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 277
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5020
Note: On towards Derby, via well at 12 miles, and then by racecourse 8 miles, to Derby. Completes line of north trip. From Cairns, 3200 miles. Southward line from now on.
Certification/Comment: Good Luck. P. A. Hannah, wharfman, Derby. 13/12/22.
Ethel Thomson, Derby. 13/12/22. Wishing him a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.
Edith Andrew, wishing him the best of luck during his trip. 13/12/22, Derby.
W. Douglas, Sgt. of Police, Derby. 14/12/22.
A. Erskine, postal official, Derby. 14/12/22.
Best wishes. A. J Thomas, postmaster. 13/12/22.
Wishing Mr Aidan de Brune the best of luck and the best of health. Eileen P. McGrath. Derby, 14/12/22.
15/12/22. He's off again. With best wishes from all. Frederick J. McGrath, Club Hotel, Derby.
W. H. Adcock. 15/12/22. With best wishes for a healthy trip.
E. L. Croty. Wishing you the best of luck.
14 December 1922
Day 451 [445]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 277
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5020
Town/Locality Visited: Derby
Note: At Derby.
15 December 1922
Day 452 [446]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 278
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5048
Town/Locality Visited: Nobbys Well
Note: On towards Yeeda Station. To racecourse, 6 miles. To Nobby's Well, 10 miles. To Station 12 miles.
[De Brune detoured from his line to visit Derby, on the coast, and was now retracing his steps, to once again pick up the road to Broome. Ed.]
16 December 1922
Day 453 [447]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 278
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5048
Note: At Yeeda Station.
17 December 1922
Day 454 [448]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 278
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5048
Note: At Yeeda Station.
18 December 1922
Day 455 [449]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 279
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5073
Town/Locality Visited: Fitzroy River, Logue River, Logue Waters
Note: On towards Broome. To Fitzroy River, 5 miles. To Logue River, 12 miles. To Logue Waters 4 miles, and on 4 miles.
19 December 1922
Day 456 [450]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 280
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5095
Town/Locality Visited: Neilabublian Well
Note: On to Neilabublian Well, 9 miles, and on towards Yalleroo Well, 13 miles. Very Sandy.
20 December 1922
Day 457 [451]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 281
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5121
Town/Locality Visited: Yalleroo Well, Deep Well, Yalleroo
Note: On to Yalleroo Well, 5 miles. On to Deep Well, 17 miles. Extra into Yalleroo, 4 miles.
21 December 1922
Day 458 [452]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 282
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5135
Town/Locality Visited: Roebuck Plains Station
Note: On to Roebuck Plains Station, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Aidan de Brune arrived Roebuck Plains Station 6 p.m. 21/12/22. Wish him the compliments of the season. M. J. Evans, manager.
22 December 1922
Day 459 [453]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 282
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5135
Note: At Roebuck Plains Station
23 December 1922
Day 460 [454]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 283
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5155
Town/Locality Visited: Cockles Well, Broome
Note: On to Broome via Cockles Well.
Certification/Comment: A. R. Chapple. Wishing Aidan de Brune every good luck on his lonely trip.
J. J. Ryan Sgt. of Police, Broome. 23/12/22.
I had such pleasure in meeting this day Aidan de Brune on his way round the island, per boot. P. J. Smith, Star Hotel, Broome. 24/12/22.
Wishing every success to the Amateur Tramp. J. H. Deutchman, Pearler, Broome. (Phyllis—Fillus)
G. W. Clark, Broome, 24/12/22.
Mr de Brune reported at the Nor-West Echo office, Broome, at 6 p.m., 23/12/22. We wish him a continuance of success. W. H. Barker, editor-proprietor.
24 December 1922
Day 461 [455]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 283
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5155
Note: At Broome
25 December 1922
Day 462 [456]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 283
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5155
Note: Second Christmas from Sydney.
At Star Hotel, Broome.
26 December 1922
Day 463 [457]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 284
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5167
Note: On to Cockles Well, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Theresa Burgoin.
25/12/22. Lizzie Bagg. I am very interested in Mr de Brune, having been overland myself from Derby to Perth. Wishing him every success. 25/12/22.
Wishing continued success to Mr Aidan de Brune on his extremely arduous undertaking. J. C. Hall, Star Hotel, Broome. 25/12/22.
Wishing success to a "Lone Hand" on his long trek. Duke Morgan, Broome. 26/12/22.
I dreamed last night to heaven I did go/Where did you come from they wanted to know/And when I said "Broome," Oh didn't they stare/Walk right in. You're the first one from there. J. Hillard, Broome.
Wishing every success to a plucky sport, on a dangerous and trying journey. F. Beaumont.
W. H. Graves.
At the request of several Broome residents Mr Aidan de Brune delivered an address to a gathering assembled at the Star Hotel, on the evening of the 25th December, giving his experience of the journey, on foot, from Sydney to Broome. The address was very interesting and much appreciated and Mr de Brune was given best wishes for the safe and successful completion of his undertaking, and 3 cheers for what he had already done. George Moss, Chairman of Meeting.
A well-wisher of Mr A. de Brune. J. Nilssan.
Bravery has its reward. R. Hornsby, Broome. 26/12/22.
Good luck. (Miss) A. King, Broome.
Many people see nothing in anything which does not lead to personal aggrandisement. But it is to such men as Mr Aidan de Brune that we owe the present position and power of the British Empire. Without men of the spirit of adventure where would our Empire have been today? The worst part of his travels, I believe, has been accomplished, and my wish is that he will successfully win through, to the gratification, at least of...H. D. Forbes 26/12/22.
27 December 1922
Day 464 [458]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 285
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5191
Note: On to 26-mile. Well, 16 miles. Heavy rain last night. Across marshes!!! To gate, 4 miles, and to Station, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Dont forge the aniseed.....! Alice Park, Thangoo Station, Broome
J. Edgar.
Wishing Mr de Brune success. A. J. Kaine, Thangoo Station.28/12/22.
Best wishes to Mr de Brune. C. A. Park. 28/12/22.
28 December 1922
Day 465 [459]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 285
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5191
Town/Locality Visited: Thangoo Station
Note: At Thangoo Station
29 December 1922
Day 466 [460]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 286
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5217
Town/Locality Visited: Jacks Well, Goldwinners Well, Deep Well
Note: On to Lagrange via Jack's Well, 5 miles. Goldwinner's Well, 7 miles. Deep Well, 14 miles.
30 December 1922
Day 467 [461]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 287
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5241
Town/Locality Visited: Nybrica Well
Note: On to Lagrange. To Nybrica Well, 14 miles, and on 10 miles.
31 December 1922
Day 468 [462]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 288
Daily Distance (miles): 3
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5244
Town/Locality Visited: Lagrange
Note: To Lagrange Telegraph Station, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Lagrange, 31/12/22, C. Annear, postmaster.
With best wishes, and a prosperous new year to Mr de Brune. J. Spurling, Inspector of Stock.
01 January 1923
Day 469 [463]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 289
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5256
Town/Locality Visited: Frazer Downs Station
Note: To Frazer Downs Station, 12 miles.
(110 miles, Lagrange to Wallal. 150 miles, Wallal to Port Hedland.)
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived Frazer Downs Station 1/1/23, Best Wishes, G. Oslington.
W. Owen lineman, Wallal.
J. Flack. Best wishes to Mr de Brune.
02 January 1923
Day 470 [464]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 290
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5284
Note: On to Anna Plains Out-Station, 28 miles, via Red Hut, 10 miles, Southern Cross Mill, 6 miles, Gate 6 miles, and to Station 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Calangadie out-camp of Anna Plains. W. Spicer 3/1/23
03 January 1923
Day 471 [465]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 291
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5294
Town/Locality Visited: Anna Plains Station
Note: To Anna Plains Station, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Anna Plains, Macansh Estate Ltd., F. S. Mullen, manager. 4/1/23. Good luck.
04 January 1923
Day 472 [466]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 291
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5294
Note: At Anna Plains making waterbag
05 January 1923
Day 473 [467]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 292
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5317
Town/Locality Visited: Nooteen Well (One Tree Well), Moojan Well
Note: To Nooteen Well (One Tree Well), 14. To Moojan Well, 9 miles.
06 January 1923
Day 474 [468]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 293
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5342
Town/Locality Visited: Nambeet Well, Marlambool Well
Note: On to Nambeet Well, 10 miles. To Marlambool Well, 12 miles. To Woroo Well, 7 miles, and camped four miles before.
07 January 1923
Day 475 [469]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 294
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5362
Town/Locality Visited: Woroo Well, Wallal
Note: On to Woroo Well, 4 miles. To Wallal, 16 miles.
Certification/Comment: F. C. Salamond, Inspector of Pastoral Leases for Lands and Survey Dept., Wallal 8/1/23. Good luck and good weather.
Wallal Downs Station, A. C. Davidson, manager, 8/1/23. May good luck continue until end of your long and arduous journey.
Mr de Brune arrived here 7/1/23 after his long walk from Sydney, looking well and in good spirits. Wishing him good luck for the rest of the journey. E. Hannett, postmaster, Wallal.
08 January 1923
Day 476 [470]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 294
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5362
Note: At Wallal.
09 January 1923
Day 477 [471]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 295
Daily Distance (miles): 3
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5365
Town/Locality Visited: Wallal Downs Station
Note: On to Wallal Downs Station, 3 miles.
10 January 1923
Day 478 [472]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 295
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5365
Note: At Wallal Downs Station.
11 January 1923
Day 479 [473]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 295
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5365
Note: At Wallal Downs Station.
12 January 1923
Day 480 [474]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 296
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5385
Town/Locality Visited: Yunadong Well, Burgen Well
Note: To Yunadong Well, 8 miles. To Burgen Well, 12 miles.
13 January 1923
Day 481 [475]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 297
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5406
Town/Locality Visited: Warnagul Well
Note: To Warnagul Well, 12 miles, and on wrong road, 9 miles.
14 January 1923
Day 482 [476]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 298
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5424
Town/Locality Visited: Pardoo Station
Note: Down the fence to the new well. On to Fence Mill Out-camp, 9 miles. To rabbit-proof fence, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Cleanpane Well, 14/1/23. Looking well and in good spirits. Louis Roselli.
Met in Earlimia Paddock and O.K., Hans Pedersen.
Met at Metyou, E. J. Sainsbury.
15 January 1923
Day 483 [476]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 299
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5439
Note: On to Pardoo Station, 15 miles
[Repeated day number 476. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived Pardoo Homestead 15/1/23. Left 16th on his way back to Sunrise after getting over the Madman's path. Best wishes. Leo L. Miller, manager, Pardoo. 17/1/23.
16 January 1923
Day 484 [477]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 299
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5439
Note: At Pardoo Station
17 January 1923
Day 485 [478]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 300
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5457
Town/Locality Visited: Condon
Note: On to Condon, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: Condon, 17/1/23. Mr de Brune arrived here 4 p.m. today looking well and fit after his long journey. We wish him good luck and may every success attend his plucky undertaking—M. S. Craggs, postmaster, Condon, W.A.
18 January 1923
Day 486 [479]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 300
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5457
Note: At Condon
19 January 1923
Day 487 [480]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 300
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5457
Note: At Condon
20 January 1923
Day 488 [481]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 300
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5457
Note: At Condon
21 January 1923
Day 489 [482]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 300
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5457
Note: At Condon
22 January 1923
Day 490 [483]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 301
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5475
Town/Locality Visited: De Grey Station
Note: On to De Grey Station, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune, looking well and apparently enjoying his "stroll," arrived here about 4.45 p.m. today. W. M. McPhee, manager; J. Corbett, bookkeeper.
23 January 1923
Day 491 [484]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 301
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5475
Note: At De Grey
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune has some very weary padding between here and Port Hedland. He has been advised to spell today, which he is doing.—J. C.
24 January 1923
Day 492 [485]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 302
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5494
Note: On towards Strelley Station—26 miles, via 12-mile well. Camped 19 mile gates.
Certification/Comment: Leaving De Grey 7.30 a.m. 24/1/23, J. C.
Mr de Brune arrived at ?-mile camp 10.30 looking fresh. Good luck to him. M. J. Mannion, Port Hedland.
Mr A. de Brune walking strong and fitly./ He passed the heat of day./ He wouldn't camp with us/ But kept right on his way. Ray Marshall, Port Hedland.
Mr A. de Brune is still on his way. Hoping he keeps going, with best of luck. Hy Banks, De Grey Station.
25 January 1923
Day 493 [486]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 303
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5514
Town/Locality Visited: Strelley station
Note: On to Strelley Station, 8 miles.
Arrived at Strelley station at 10.30. Went to homestead. Manager came out and asked how I dare come on verandah. When I gave my name he said he had heard of me and told me he would come out later. He came out after a while but did not come to me. Presently Chinese cook came to me with some tucker wrapped in paper.
To Pundano, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived last night. Pleased to meet so interesting and entertaining a gentleman. He is going strong on his great walking stunt—Henry E. Bell.
26 January 1923
Day 494 [487]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 304
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5534
Town/Locality Visited: Poodina, Pippingarra Siding, Port Hedland
Note: Poodina to Pippingarra Siding, 8 miles. To Port Hedland, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived Esplanade Hotel, Port Hedland, at 7 p.m. 26/1/23—(Mrs) May Mannion.
27 January 1923
Day 495 [488]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 304
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5534
Note: At Port Hedland
Certification/Comment: Pleased to meet Australia's Amateur Walker and wishing him (Aidan de Brune) best of health and good luck. (Miss) Rae Byrne, Port Hedland.
Pleased to meet Mr A. de Brune on his walk round Australia, and may good luck continue with him until the end. (Miss) Mollie Briden, Port Hedland.
To wish Mr Aidan de Brune (the Amateur Tramp) every success in his walk around Australia. May he be successful in enlightening others, through his experience. Thomas G. Heydon. editor, Pilbarra News, Port Hedland.
Police Station, Port Hedland, 27/1/23. 10 a.m. Mr de Brune called here on his way to Fremantle, overland from Sydney. He is in good health and going strong. M. Farrell, P.C. 979, Port Hedland.
J. Daddow, postmaster, Port Hedland, 27/1/23.
Australian Inland Mission, Nursing Home, port Hedland. Very pleased to meet Mr A. de Brune, who has walked from Sydney to here. May he continue to have health and strength till he again reaches Sydney. K. Donald, sister.
An unexpected pleasure meeting Mr de Brune and to hear him recount his many interesting experiences during his famous walking tour, thus far on his journey round Australia. M. Cameron, sister, A.I.M. Hospital.
Mr A. de Brune has gathered information about Northern Australia which should be of great value to the people of Australia. J. Jacoby, 27/1/23. Port Hedland.
To Mr Aidan de Brune. Here's to the world we come into naked and bare/We go through it in sorrow and care,/We go out of it, God knows where,/But if we're all right here, we're all right there. D. A. Birrell.
The Daily Mail Pedestrian has this evening delivered an interesting account of his travels per boot from Sydney. D. Sutherland, Port Hedland, 27/1/23.
Pleased to have met and heard Mr Aidan de Brune on his travels through to Port Hedland from Sydney. May his health still carry him through. Best wishes to the end.—B. Bishop.
28 January 1923
Day 496 [489]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 304
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5534
Note: At Port Hedland
29 January 1923
Day 497 [490]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 305
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5554
Town/Locality Visited: Boodarrie Station
Note: Left Port Hedland for Roebourne. To end of Causeway, 7 miles. To 12-mile Mill, 5 miles. To Boodarrie Station, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived Boodarrie 4 o'clock afternoon of 29/1/1923, walking like a two year old. Good luck to him and the work he has undertaken. G. T. O. McPherson.
30 January 1923
Day 498 [491]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 306
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5578
Town/Locality Visited: Yeule River
Note: On to Watermill 2 miles. To 6-mile, 3 miles. To Boundary Gate, 4 miles. To Half-Way Mill, 5 miles. To Yeule River, 7 miles, and on 3 miles.
31 January 1923
Day 499 [492]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 307
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5584
Town/Locality Visited: Mundabullangalla Station
Note: On to Homestead, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mundabullangalla Station. Mr A. de Brune arrived 9.45 a.m. on his long trip round Australia. We wish him every success in his arduous undertaking. Jas. L. Stevens. Mundi 31/1/23.
01 February 1923
Day 500 [493]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 308
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5607
Note: To Boundary Gate. Missed road and went down fence to well-diggers camp, 15 miles. Then to telegraph line, 6 miles. Then 2 miles on. Water at wells all along.
02 February 1923
Day 501 [494]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 309
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5628
Town/Locality Visited: Balla Balla Station
Note: On to Balla Balla Station, 9 miles. On to Railway Crossing, 1 mile. To windmill (dry), 2 miles. To Boundary Gates, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr Aidan de Brune passed here today for Roebourne, on his trip round Australia. I wish him good luck. Geo. R. Ray, Balla Balla, Feb 2, 1923.
03 February 1923
Day 502 [495]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 310
Daily Distance (miles): 5
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5633
Town/Locality Visited: Sherlock Station
Note: On to Sherlock Station, 5 miles.
Dobson of Australia. Ray and his shirt-tails. The Black Strike.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived here—Sherlock Station—for Roebourne, on his way round Australia. I wish him good luck. R. A. Hall, Sherlock, 10.30 a.m. 3/2/23.
Very pleased to meet Mr de Brune. Good luck to the plucky overlander and a safe return to Sydney.—(Mrs) K. Dunn, Sherlock Station, Feb 3rd, 1923.
04 February 1923
Day 503 [496]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 311
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5655
Town/Locality Visited: Sherlock River, Little Sherlock River, Warranby Station, George River
Note: To Sherlock River, 4 miles. To Little Sherlock River, 6 miles. To Boundary Gate, 3 miles. To Warranby Station, 9 miles, Across George River.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune left Sherlock Station on the morning of 4/2/23 carrying the best wishes of all. E. O'Brien, overseer.
Mr A. de Brune arrived here 4/2/23 left 5/2/23 per boot. H. Meares, Pyramid Station.
05 February 1923
Day 504 [497]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 312
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5678
Town/Locality Visited: East Harding River, Roebourne
Note: On to East Harding River, 12 miles. To Roebourne on Western Harding River, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived at Roebourne Police Station at 6 p.m. on 5/2/23. W. McGuiness, Sergeant.
Wishing you the best of luck, Ivy Porter, (Mrs) Roebourne, 5/2/23.
The staff of the Union Bank, Roebourne, heartily welcome Mr A. de Brune on his Australian Tour. We trust he will disclose the numerous privileges attained by residing in Roebourne!!! We wish him every success. E. Mills, 5/2/23.
Mr A. de Brune arrived at Roebourne in a vehicle commonly known as per boot, probably the nearest approach to travelling by Ford car—I being the proud owner of one. He seemed to be suffering from gear box trouble, which was immediately attended to in order that he might proceed on his tireless journey. I wish him every success—Frank Porter, Jubilee Hotel, Roebourne, 5/2/23.
Every wish for a successful tour and a safe return to Sydney. O. E. Healey, 5/2/23.
George Fisher. Met Mr A. de Brune, Roebourne, 4/2/23.
Roebourne, 6/2/23. Mr A. de Brune called in, looking well after his long walk.—H. G. Creagh, postmaster, 6/2/23.
Life is mostly froth and bubble/Two things stand alone/Kindness in another's trouble/Courage in your own.
Le Brune has the courage of 100 men to take on a lone hand through country infested with blacks, dry tracks, and the seven plagues of Egypt combined.
Best of wishes to A. de Brune who has the heart of a lion and the pluck of the good old Bull Dog breed, to carry on. He has my sympathy, humping Matilda, under present climatic conditions. He is a good ad. for the White Australia Policy. He is also a walking encyclopedia on Australia and things Australian. One reward he should have, should be a snug billet at Australia House, Strand. Billy Hughes please note this.—Alfred E. Neaves. Roebourne, 6/2/23.
I wish you astonishing luck. I. Mandrell, M.O., R.M.
On behalf of the residents of Roebourne, I welcome Mr de Brune to this district. He is giving a lecture this evening on his travels, which will be most interesting to the residents. He arrived looking very fit after his long walk, and we wish him a safe journey and happy ending to a very long trip. Tom Stove, Chairman, Roebourne Roads Board, 5/2/23.
Wishing Mr de Brune a good trip and a safe return to Sydney. (Miss) Lily Porter, Roebourne.
Kate Bateman. Bon Voyage.
I have found Mr Aidan de Brune very interesting in the account of his varied experiences and many adventures on his long walking tour and I wish him every success and a safe return to his headquarters in Sydney. A. L . Bickerton.
06 February 1923
Day 505 [498]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 312
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5678
Note: In Roebourne.
07 February 1923
Day 506 [499]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 312
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5678
Note: In Roebourne.
08 February 1923
Day 507 [500]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 313
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5696
Town/Locality Visited: Commonage Well
Note: On to Commonage Well, 1 mile. To Government Well, 7 miles. To River, 7 miles. To Gate, 3 miles.
09 February 1923
Day 508 [501]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 314
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5717
Town/Locality Visited: Shallow Wells, Karratha Station
Note: To Shallow Wells, 2 miles. To Government Well, 4 miles. To creek, 8 miles. To Karratha Station, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: E. Withnell, Shallow Wells.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived here at Karatha about 4 p.m. 9/2/23 per shank's pony and looking none the worse for his long and arduous trip around Australia. Good luck to the plucky old veteran and for his safe return to Sydney. Willam Withnell, Karratha Station, via Roebourne.
10 February 1923
Day 509 [502]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 315
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5742
Note: On towards Fortescue Telegraph Station. To creek, 4 miles. To mill at Gate, 3 miles. To creek, 4 miles. To Government Well, 2 miles. To mill, 5 miles. To Government Well, 7 miles.
11 February 1923
Day 510 [503]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 316
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5760
Town/Locality Visited: Fortescue Telegraph Station
Note: To Fork Roads, 12 miles. Fortescue Telegraph Office, 6 miles.
12 February 1923
Day 511 [504]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 317
Daily Distance (miles): Not Recorded.
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5760
Note: Showed travelling day (317) but remained at Fortescue Telegraph Station
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived Forteque P.O. 8 a.m. 12/2/23, going strong. Good luck to him. J. J. Taylor.
J. Brown, lineman, Fortescue. Best wishes for a safe return to Sydney.
My heartfelt wishes for Mr de Brune's success and prosperity through the remainder of his trip. E. E. Brown, Balmoral Station.
Mr de Brune, after one day's "pink-eye" (holiday) made a bee line for Onslow (120 miles) per "shinner" (foot). "Minnawarra" (by-and-by) he "catchem" Sydney, but "struth" what a long way to walk. Reg. Blinks "galloping bedstead" (Ford) more better. Good bye, good luck.—J. J. Taylor, postmaster, Fortescue. 13/2/23.
13 February 1923
Day 512 [505]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 318
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5772
Town/Locality Visited: Mardie Station
Note: On to Mardie Station, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mardie Station, 14/2/23. Mr de Brune arrived here looking well and declares he has not had any engine troubles since leaving Sydney. The machine is claimed to be the latest model—built on streamline body, never known to nose dive or side slip, guaranteed reliable. I wish him the best of luck and a safe return. H. Tozer.
14 February 1923
Day 513 [506]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 319
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5789
Town/Locality Visited: Yaraloola
Note: On to Yaraloola. To Mill on creek, 6 miles. To Government Well, 7 miles. To Mill, 4 miles.
15 February 1923
Day 514 [507]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 320
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5804
Note: To Boundary Gate, 2 miles. To Mill Well, 10 miles. To Homestead, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived here 2 p.m. 15/2/23. Best wishes for a safe trip. Keith P. Patterson.
16 February 1923
Day 515 [507]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 320
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5831
Town/Locality Visited: Peedamulla Creek, Peedamulla Station
Note: To Mill Gate, 5 miles. To Creek, 4 miles. To Peedamulla Creek, 13 miles. To Peedamulla Station, 5 miles.
[Total days and walking days recorded same as previous entry—507 and 320. Ed.]
[Distances to] shearing shed, 8 miles, well 4 miles, Cane River 4 miles, fence 4 miles, telegraph line 7 miles, catchment shed 5 miles, Onslow 18 miles. Total 50 miles.
Certification/Comment: Peedamulla Station, 18/2/23. Mr de Brune arrived here 7 p.m. on 16/2/23. He rested yesterday and was very interesting in the recounting of his experiences. He resumes his journey this morning and has the best wishes of all for a good trip and successful completion of his big journey. Edmund A. Burt. Louis B. Brandi.
17 February 1923
Day 516 [508]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 320
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5831
Note: At Peedmulla Station
18 February 1923
Day 517 [509]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 321
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5854
Note: To fence per above table (day 507), and thence 3 miles on.
19 February 1923
Day 518 [510]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 322
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5881
Town/Locality Visited: Onslow
Note: To Onslow per above table (day 507), 27 miles.
Certification/Comment: Ashburton Hotel, Onslow, 19/2/23. Mr de Brune arrived here at 7.30 p.m. per Irish tandem. Looks well and fit having covered 27 miles today, making a total to date of 5881 miles. Mr de Brune is most interesting to converse with, as his knowledge of other countries is so large and varied and his unique knowledge of continent, acquired first hand, is most valuable. We wish him a successful finish to his tour, and hope his reward will be in line with his effort. Frederick J Lapthorn.
20.2.23. Onslow. Norman Brearley. Airways Ltd.
Mr A. de Brune called at Police Station, Onslow on 20/2/23. He reported feeling fit and well on his walk around Australia. I wish him good luck. M. F. Pilkington, Const. 1033.
Mr A. de Brune called at Onslow post office 20/2/23. Temperature 110.2 [degrees fahrenheit. Ed.]. Wrote his telegram outside the office. Thought he was in Hades. We admire his courage and fortitude in facing the arduous task of walking around Australia, and wish him every success. Jas. J. Coles, postmaster. [Did de Brune or the postmaster think that de Brune was in Hades?]
Best wishes for a successful trip, old chap. J. Beecroft.
Onslow, 19/2/23. Mr A. de Brune called on me at Onslow on the above date, looking as brown and well as a real bushman. We wish him every success in his arduous task, and a real bumper day when he reaches his office in Sydney. Onslow Clark.
Arthur E. Stenning, R. M. Onslow. 20/2/23.
20 February 1923
Day 519 [511]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 322
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5881
Note: Speaking at Onslow Hall.
21 February 1923
Day 520 [512]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 322
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5881
Note: At Onslow.
22 February 1923
Day 521 [513]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 323
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5903
Town/Locality Visited: Minderoo Sation
Note: On to 5-mile gate, 5 miles. To gate, 10 miles. To Minderoo Sation, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Minderoo Station, 22/2/23. Mr A. de Brune arrived here tonight. He looks well and says the heat here is the most oppressive since he left Sydney, and the flies are giving him hell. I wish him every success in his great undertaking. F. E. McDougall.
Met Mr A. de Brune at Minderoo, 22/2/23. Most damnably hot weather. Wish him a successful end to his tour. R. L. Richardson and Gertrude Richardson (Mrs), Mt. Minnie, Onslow, Nor'-West W.A.
23 February 1923
Day 522 [514]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 323
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5903
Note: Rested at Minderoo Sation.
24 February 1923
Day 523 [515]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 324
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5930
Town/Locality Visited: Ashburton River Crossing, Kooddarrie Station
Note: On to Kooddarrie Station, via Ashburton River Crossing, 1 mile. To gate and well, 9 miles. To salt mill, 6 miles. To dam, 3 miles.
25 February 1923
Day 524 [516]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 325
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5955
Town/Locality Visited: Horse Works Mill
Note: Went on 6 miles on out road and then took track which bent eastwards, and after full day's walk landed at Horse Works Mill—well away from my route. About 25 miles.
Certification/Comment: 25/2/23. Mr de Brune arrived at our camp at Horse Works at sundown, having lost his way. He is on a trip round Australia per boot. Mr de Brune is perfectly sane and normal on every other subject and I feel quite sure his trip will effect a perfect cure. Good luck and a happy ending to his trip. C. R. Smith, Globe Hill, near Onslow.
Thos. C. Thompson, Yanrey, 26/2/23.
The best of luck to Mr de Brune. James B. Hazlitt, Yanrey, 26/2/23.
The Lone Boundary Rider of the sixteen-mile wishes the best of luck and happiness to one of the whitest of Australians, Mr A. de Brune, during the remaining last few months of his trip. G. Keeling.
26 February 1923
Day 525 [517]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 325
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5955
Note: Rested at [Smith and Byers. Ed.] Camp.
Certification/Comment: Ashburton, W.A. 26/2/23. Mr de Brune arrived here late yesterday. Seems good sort and willing to take good with bad. I wish him a good time when he arrives back in dear old Sydney town. E. E. Byers.
27 February 1923
Day 526 [518]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 326
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5974
Town/Locality Visited: Ryans Well, Conks Well
Note: Left Smith and Byers Camp. To gate, 6 miles. To Ryan's Well, 5 miles. To Conk's Well, 2. To gate, 5 miles, and on 1 mile.
28 February 1923
Day 527 [519]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 327
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5982
Town/Locality Visited: Yanrey River, Yanrey Station
Note: To 2-mile Mill, 5 miles. To Yanrey Homestead across Yanrey River, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived here 28/2/23. The best of good luck to Mr de Brune. H. Parsley, Yanrey Station.
01 March 1923
Day 528 [520]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 327
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5982
Note: At Yanrey Station.
Certification/Comment: We had much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune at Yanrey Staion, on 28/2/23, on his long and somewhat tiresome tramp around Australia. We say 'hats off' to Mr de Brune, For he cares not for the bubbles of fortune's fickle tide/Who like Bendigo,/Can battle as he tramps around Australia,/And takes hardships in his stride. Good luck to him.—Drovers Kilmurray and Matbury.
02 March 1923
Day 529 [521]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 327
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5982
Note: At Yanrey Station.
03 March 1923
Day 530 [522]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 327
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5982
Note: At Yanrey Station.
04 March 1923
Day 531 [523]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 327
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5982
Note: At Yanrey Station.
05 March 1923
Day 532 [524]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 328
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 5995
Note: On towards Winning Pool, leaving Yanrey at 4.30 p.m. Wet night. Camped on 13-mile hill.
06 March 1923
Day 533 [525]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 329
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6014
Note: To 34-mile catchment tank, 2 miles. On to 22-mile tank [34 - 22 = 12] and then on 5 miles.
At 31-mile telegram post made the 6000 miles of journey.
07 March 1923
Day 534 [526]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 330
Daily Distance (miles): 5
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6019
Note: On to 12-mile tank, 5 miles, and camped. Day too hot to walk.
08 March 1923
Day 535 [527]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Town/Locality Visited: Winning Pool
Note: On to Winning Pool, 12 miles.
09 March 1923
Day 536 [528]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
10 March 1923
Day 537 [529]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
11 March 1923
Day 538 [530]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
12 March 1923
Day 539 [531]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
13 March 1923
Day 540 [532]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
14 March 1923
Day 541 [533]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 331
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6031
Note: Laid up at Winning Pool with bad feet.
Certification/Comment: Winning Pool, 12/3/23. Mr A. de Brune passed through here on his long walk. Wishing him the best of luck. Tom F. Hunter.
14/3/23. Though your tramp be long and lonely,/And you think of days at school,/Don't let yourself grow lone and weary/Just think of Winning Pool. Best of luck and good fortune, T. R. Anderson, postmaster, Winning Pool.
15/3/23. Wishing Mr A. de Brune the best of luck. H. Shorter, Winning Pool.
Good luck to Mr A. de Brune on his long tramp through Australia. (Mrs) A. D. Shorter. 15/3/23.
15 March 1923
Day 542 [534]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 332
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6047
Note: On towards Carnarvon. To gate, 5 miles. To catchment tank, 11 miles.
16 March 1923
Day 543 [535]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 333
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6064
Town/Locality Visited: Mia Mia River
Note: To gate , 3 miles. To Mia Mia River, 4 miles. To gate, 8 miles. To catchment tank, 2 miles.
17 March 1923
Day 544 [536]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 334
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6079
Town/Locality Visited: Linden River
Note: To Linden River, 1 mile. To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 8 miles. To catchment shed, 5 miles.
18 March 1923
Day 545 [537]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 335
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6097
Town/Locality Visited: Minilya Station
Note: Last night camped just south of the line of Tropic of Capricorn. From Rockhampton, where I entered tropics, to here is 4968 miles and I have been 486 days in tropics.
To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 5 miles. To gate, 4 miles. To [Minilya] station.
Certification/Comment: Minilya Station 18/3/23. Aidan de Brune arrived here today looking splendid and making good headway south. We all wish him the best of good luck. J. F. McLeod.
Minilya Station 18/3/23. Wishing Mr Le Brune a safe return to Sydney. I very much hope he will issue a record of his journey in book form which will be a second "We of the Never-Never." (Mrs) B. LeFroy.
19 March 1923
Day 546 [538]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 335
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6097
Note: At Minilya Station.
20 March 1923
Day 547 [539]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 335
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6097
Note: At Minilya Station.
21 March 1923
Day 548 [540]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 336
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6112
Note: On along telegraph line towards Carnarvon. Crossed swamps about a mile long making about 15 miles for day.
Certification/Comment: Wishing you the best of luck and progress on the remaining stages of your journey and hoping to some day read your books on the open spaces of the Nor'-West and Territory. J. Hartley.
22 March 1923
Day 549 [541]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 337
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6121
Note: On to catchment shed, 9 miles. Rain blowing up.
23 March 1923
Day 550 [542]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 337
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6121
Note: Rained heavy all night. Stayed at catchment shed all day. Rained until following morning.
24 March 1923
Day 551 [543]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 338
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6141
Note: Showery morning, much wind. Took to road. Very rough and lots of water. At 44-mile went on [telegraph] line again. Large clay pans.
25 March 1923
Day 552 [544]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 339
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6155
Town/Locality Visited: Yankie Tank, Griersons Tank, Shaws Tank, Cardobia Creek
Note: The first day out should have passed Yankie Tank—if kept to road. Yesterday, Grierson's (46) and Shaw's (40). To gate, 2 miles. To gate, 2 miles. To catchment shed, 5 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To Cardobia Creek, 5 miles. (Creek in flood.)
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived at my camp at Cardobia Creek and camped there while in flood. T. Kempton.
26 March 1923
Day 553 [545]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 339
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6155
Note: At Cardobia Creek.
27 March 1923
Day 554 [546]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 339
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6155
Note: At Cardobia Creek.
28 March 1923
Day 555 [547]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 340
Daily Distance (miles): 4
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6159
Town/Locality Visited: Boolathanna Station
Note: On to Boolathanna Station, 4 miles. Remember the big swamp, 1 mile from Cardobia Creek.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Boolathanna on 28/3/23. C. J. Butcher.
29 March 1923
Day 556 [548]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Town/Locality Visited: Carnarvon
Note: On to Carnarvon, 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: Met Mr de Brune between Boolathanna and Carnarvon—J. F. Pearson, mail contractor. Rowland Stevenson, passenger. P. R. Perrin, passenger. P. J. McNamara, passenger.
Arrived Carnarvon at Northern Times Office, 6 p.m. 29/3/23. G. F. Egan.
30 March 1923
Day 557 [549]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: Just had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune. Good Friday morning. 30/3/23. A. C. Angelo J.P., Mayor of Carnarvon.
Cogratulate Mr de Brune on his pluck in this arduous enterprise. Wish him a good trip for the rest of his journey, and may we meet again in dear old Sydney-town—John Waugh, Presbyterian Church, Carnarvon. (under the Australian Inland Mission, 30/3/23)
Some are taught on Bibles to rely/Some on Koran's word will live and die,/Among the dieties ranks 'Delf,'/Aidan de Brune relies on self." (Mrs) Isabella Louden, 30/3/23.
Carnarvon, 30/3/23. With pleasure I have noticed the arrival of Aidan de Brune in Carnrvon, and I think him very interesting. May he have a good trip to Geraldton where I am sure he will be warmly welcomed by all. With very best of wishes from Rubye Mae Powell, Carnarvon.
31 March 1923
Day 558 [550]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: On 31/3/23 I had the pleasure of a personal interview with Mr Adrian de Brune, at Carnarvon. I am pleased to say he appeared to enjoy the best of good helth, judging by his bright appearance. M. Lean, Sgt, Carnarvon.
Wisning Mr de Brune good health and a safe return home. C. Annear, postmaster, Carnarvon, 31/3/23.
Porth Hotel, Carnarvon. Met Mr de Brune and had a very interesting talk with him about his travels around Aussie. The best of luck. D. Macqueen, E. Thomas.
01 April 1923
Day 559 [551]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: 1/4/23. Have met Mr de Brune at Carnarvon. He has met some pests here. Wishing him success—Cecil McAlister, late of Wagga Wagga.
Carnarvon. Hoping that his feet keep good, on life's road. J. R. Rilston.
1/4/23. Best of health on your journey. M. E. Wilson. Carnarvon.
1/4/23. How many pairs of boots have you worn out? (Miss) M. Laidler.
I hope you won't lose your boots going across Eucla desert. (Miss) M. Cooper, Carnarvon.
02 April 1923
Day 560 [552]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: Louden's Picture Palace, Carnarvon. 2/4/23. Mr Aidan de Brune has given a lecture on his travelogue to a well-attended meeting in my Picture Palace. I wish him all good luck. ? Louden.
Carnarvon. 2/4/23. Mr de Brune has this morning done me the honour of calling. Looks very well. I am quite sure he will complete his walking tour. With best wishes from A. Wooley.
Carnarvon. 2/4/23. Mr de Brune. I wish him the best of health and a safe return to Sydney.
Wishing Mr de Brune a successful and prosperous trip across the trans-Australian line. R. A. Wilson.
Mr de Brune whilst in Carnarvon on 2/4/23 had the pleasure of attending a Clay Pigeon match and he states this is a novelty for all North West people. There was a good crowd of sports and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I think Mr de Brune is the best sport we have seen for many a day and his experiences are very interesting. E. Gibbon, Port Hotel.
To wish Mr A. de Brune every success on his tour round the continent. W. Wright, Northern Times.
Australian born, Australian bred/Long in the legs and thick in the head./Terribly funny, awfully rude,/Beastly familiar, confoundedly shrewd. J. F. Hughes.
To volio il monol in tiero, volio loi l'ibertoi pensiero, moriro schiavo. E. C. Reck.
Miss Poole, Carnarvon, W.A.
Good luck and best wishes to Charles Francis Aidan de Brune. Miss R Poole, Carnarvon. 3/4/23.
Wishing him complete success in his venture. E. G. Holder.
Wishing you good luck. N. Glass.
03 April 1923
Day 561 [553]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
04 April 1923
Day 562 [554]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
05 April 1923
Day 563 [555]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
06 April 1923
Day 564 [556]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: Was much interested in Mr de Brune's account of some of his adventures and wide knowledge of the world. Much admire his pluck and wish him success in the remainder of his journey. G. W. Ker, M.A. Oxon., The Rectory, Carnarvon, 6/4/23.
07 April 1923
Day 565 [557]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: 7/4/23. God speed your feet. S. P. Rilestone, Boarding House, Carnarvon.
08 April 1923
Day 566 [558]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
09 April 1923
Day 567 [559]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
10 April 1923
Day 568 [560]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: 10/4/23. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr A. de Brune and wish him best of luck. J. Carlin. Carnarvon.
Wishing Mr A. de Brune the best of good luck and health on his venture. J. R. Borland.
11 April 1923
Day 569 [561]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
12 April 1923
Day 570 [562]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
13 April 1923
Day 571 [563]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
14 April 1923
Day 572 [564]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 341
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6179
Note: Detained at Carnarvon with barcoo rot on feet.
Certification/Comment: 14/4/23. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr Aidan de Brune and wish him the best of health and progress in the continuation of his long and weary travel to Sydney. Jim Atkinson, Carnarvon.
May good luck and safety continue with Mr de Brune to the end of his long tramp and good health ever after. J. H. Hickinbotham, Carnarvon.
15 April 1923
Day 573 [565]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 342
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6198
Note: On towards Hamelin Pool, along telegraph line. To gate, 3 miles. To gate, 3 miles. To gate, 5 miles. To gate, 3 miles, and on 5 miles.
16 April 1923
Day 574 [566]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Town/Locality Visited: Boodalla Station
Note: Oh, those mosquitos. To gate, 1 mile. To Boodalla Station, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: We, the undersigned, of Boodalla Station thank Mr de Brune, Australia's champion pedestrian, for his entertaining visit, 18/4/23. We wish him good health and a safe journey. R. W. Stirling, overseer. D. Richards, stockman. W. T. Tittams, stockman. E. Lynch.
17 April 1923
Day 575 [567]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
18 April 1923
Day 576 [568]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
19 April 1923
Day 577 [569]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
20 April 1923
Day 578 [570]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
21 April 1923
Day 579 [571]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
22 April 1923
Day 580 [572]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
Certification/Comment: T Williams, R. Bird, P. J. Phillips, H. Wilkinson, Patrick O'Mearn, R. W. Scott.
23 April 1923
Day 581 [573]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
24 April 1923
Day 582 [574]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 343
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6206
Note: Detained at Boodalia Station with bad feet.
25 April 1923
Day 583 [575]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 344
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6226
Town/Locality Visited: Wooramel Station
Note: On to Wooramel Station. To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 4 miles. To tank (catchment), 2 miles. To gate, 3 miles. To catchment shed, 4 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 4 miles. To bore drain m. To broken catchment shed, m.
26 April 1923
Day 584 [576]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 345
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6235
Note: Rain all night and in morning. Started midday. To gate, 3 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To bore drain, 1 mile. To gate, 2 miles. To catchment shed, 2 miles. Rain again.
27 April 1923
Day 585 [577]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 346
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6255
Town/Locality Visited: Wooramel River
Note: Fine morning. To rabbit-proof fence gate, 4 miles. To catchment tank, 2 miles. To yards and bore drain, 6 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To bore drain, 2 miles. To Wooramel River, 5 miles.
28 April 1923
Day 586 [578]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 347
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6264
Note: Missed station in dark last night. Making for Hamelin Pool. To gate, 5 miles. To shearing shed, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here (Shearing Shed, Wooramel Station) today, 28/4/23. Wishing him good luck on his trip. John Dare.
29 April 1923
Day 587 [579]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 348
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6282
Note: To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 5 miles. To gate, 3 miles. To catchment shed, 3 miles. (gate just before tank broken and no tap). To catchment shed and gate, 6 miles, bore drain m. to west.
30 April 1923
Day 588 [580]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 349
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6302
Note: To gate, 11 miles. To gate, 4 miles. To gate, 2 miles. On road to Hamelin Pool, 3 miles.
01 May 1923
Day 589 [581]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 350
Daily Distance (miles): 2
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6304
Town/Locality Visited: Hamelin Pool
Note: To Hamelin Pool, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: 1/5/23, Hamelin Pool. Mr de Brune arrived here today bound for Northampton. Wish him best of luck on his long trip to Sydney. W. H. Dawes.
Mr de Brune arrived at Hamelin Pool Telegraph Office 1/5/23. A. E. Knights, postmaster.
02 May 1923
Day 590 [582]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 350
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6304
Note: At Hamelin Pool.
Certification/Comment: Hamelin Pool, 2/5/23. Mr de Brune camped here last night and we had an interesting conversation re his travels. I wish him success and good health through the remainder of his journey. E. Milnes, senior lineman.
Hamelin Station, 3/5/23. Wishing Mr de Brune every success on his journey. (Mrs) H. M. A. Dawe.
03 May 1923
Day 591 [583]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 350
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6304
Note: At Hamelin Pool. Water bag broke. Had to make new one.
04 May 1923
Day 592 [584]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 351
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6319
Note: On towards Murchison River. To gate, 6 miles. To gate, 6 miles. To catchment shed, 3 miles. (700 gallons.)
05 May 1923
Day 593 [585]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 352
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6330
Note: To catchment shed, 11 miles. (about 350 gallons).
06 May 1923
Day 594 [586]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 353
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6350
Note: To catchment shed, 20 miles. (about 200 gallons)
Abandoned buggy about 11 miles before shed. Dead horse at 26 miles shed.
07 May 1923
Day 595 [587]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 354
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6367
Note: Not seen a person since leaving Hamelin Pool. To catchment shed, 17 miles. Awful track.
08 May 1923
Day 596 [588]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 355
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6383
Town/Locality Visited: Murchison River
Note: Seen no one for 4 days, nor a gate. Absolutely wild country. No stock on it. To gate, 9 miles. To spring, 3 miles. To river, 2 miles, and on 2 miles.
09 May 1923
Day 597 [589]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 356
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6394
Town/Locality Visited: Murchison House Station
Note: To Murchison House Station, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: Murchison House Station, 9/5/23. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived here today. Wish him best of luck.—E. Drage.
Best of luck on his long trail.—The Murchison Station Co. per Ken M. Maley.
10 May 1923
Day 598 [590]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 356
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6394
Note: Went back six miles to find swag lost on rocks.
11 May 1923
Day 599 [591]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 356
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6394
Note: Rested at Murchison House. One of the oldest stations in W.A.
12 May 1923
Day 600 [592]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 357
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6412
Note: On towards Northampton. To gate, 2 miles. To catchment shed (non-telegraphic), 2 miles. To dam and yards, 6 miles. To flying ground and catchment shed, 1 mile, and on 7 miles.
13 May 1923
Day 601 [593]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 358
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6425
Town/Locality Visited: Mount View Farm
Note: On to wire gate, 3 miles. To gate, 4 miles. To Mount View Farm, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mitchell Bros, Mt. View.
S. Mitchell.
F. Mitchell. Good luck.
E. A. Legg. Good Luck.
Thos. H. Butler.
14 May 1923
Day 602 [594]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 359
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6441
Town/Locality Visited: Ajana
Note: To Ajana, 3 miles. To Ajana post office and back, 3 miles, and on 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: De Brune arrived Ajana, 14/5/23. Caretaker, Ajana Station, W. Grose.
Arrived Ajana post office, reported waters between Murchison House and Hamelin Pool. E. G. Ruffin, postmaster.
Arrived Binnu post office 14/5/23, fresh and well. Best wishes. W.P. O'Connor and (Mrs) H. C. O'Connor.
15 May 1923
Day 603 [595]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 360
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6461
Town/Locality Visited: Binnu Siding, Hutt Siding, Ogilvie Siding, Weld Siding, Baddera Siding
Note: On to Binnu Siding, 1 mile. To Hutt Siding, 5 miles. To Ogilvie Siding, 4 miles. To Weld Siding, 4 miles. To Baddera siding, 5 miles, and on 1 mile.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Hill View Farm, Baddera, 15/5/23. Good luck. Annie E. Chisholm.
16 May 1923
Day 604 [596]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 361
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6467
Town/Locality Visited: Northampton
Note: On to Northampton, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: This is to certify that Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at Northampton, Wednesday, 16th inst. at 10.30 a.m. Thos. Scott, Geraldton Express representative.
16/5/23. Glad to have met Mr de Brune on the trip round Australia. Good luck. (Rev.) Gerald Stubbs, Northamton.
Pleased to meet Mr de Brune and wish him the best of luck. William N. Hasleby, Northampton. 16/5/23.
Very pleased to make Mr de Brune's acquaintance, J. D. Stone, postmaster, Northampton. 16/5/23.
Mr de Brune reported at Northampton Police Station, W.A. on 16/5/23 in good health and spirits. T. Hunter, Officer in Charge of Police.
Mr de Brune arrived here 7 p.m. last evening. We have been very pleased to meet so brave and interesting a person and pray God may bring him safely to his journey's end. J. and L. Williams, Bromfield. 17/5/23.
17 May 1923
Day 605 [597]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 361
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6467
Note: Spoke at Mr Williams' residence at Isseka. [Abscess on heel. See day 598. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Bellvue Gardens, 17/5/23. Met Mr de Brune passing through on his trip round Australia. J. E. Morris and C. J. Nairne.
At Isseka Mr de Brune gave a very nice lecture to several residents at my home. 17/5/23. J. W. M. Williams, Brookfield.
18 May 1923
Day 606 [598]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 361
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6467
Note: Laid up yesterday and today with abscess on heel.
19 May 1923
Day 607 [599]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 362
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6486
Town/Locality Visited: Isseka Siding, McGuire Siding, Oakbella Siding, Howatharra Siding, Oakajee Siding
Note: On to Isseka Siding, 1 mile. To McGuire Siding, 2 miles. To Oakbella siding, 4 miles. To Howatharra Siding, 3 miles. To Oakajee Siding, 3 miles.
[Overstated mileage by 6 miles due to "carry forward" error. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Queechy, Oakajee, 19/5/23. Mr A. de Brune arrived here 6 o'clock this evening. We were pleased to see him and to hear his very interesting account of his travels. We wish him the best of luck. McClusky Bros (three), per Frank McClusky.
20 May 1923
Day 608 [600]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 362
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6486
Note: Foot bad again. Rested all day at Messrs McCluskey.
21 May 1923
Day 609 [601]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 363
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6501
Town/Locality Visited: White Peak, Wokarina, Glenfield, Waggrakine, Chapman, Bluff Point, Geraldton
Note: On to White Peak, 5 miles. To Wokarina, 2 miles. To Glenfield, 1 mile. To Waggrakine, 3 miles. To Chapman, 1 mile. To Bluff Point, 1 mile. To Geraldton, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived at the Geraldton Express office, Geraldton, W.A. at 2.45 p.m. on 21/5/23. J. M. Drew, proprietor, Geraldton Express.
Mr de Brune called at the Geraldton Guardian office at 3.30 p.m. 21/5/23. E. Constantine, proprietor.
I wish him luck for the safe completion of his plucky journey. G. E. Farrington, editor, Geraldton Guardian. 21/5/23.
22 May 1923
Day 610 [602]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 363
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6501
Note: At Geraldton.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at my office 10 a.m. 22/5/23. I wish him all good luck on his journey. Geo. A. Kempton, Mayor.
I have had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with Mr de Brune who has just arrived at Geraldton on his tour around Australia. Louis J. Simpson, Inspector of Police.
23 May 1923
Day 611 [603]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 363
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6501
Note: At Geraldton.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at my office at 2 p.m. today 23/5/23. I wish him the very best of good luck on his journey to Sydney, N.S.W. Voc. Johnson, A.W.U. Office, Geraldton.
P. Stone, Geraldton, 23/5/23. Success to the traveller and the New State movement.
Mr A. de Brune lecturing Queen's Hall, Geraldton, 23/5/23. A.G. Wheat, Soldiers Pictures.
Best of luck on your trip back to Sydney. (Mrs) M. Sinclair.
Mr de Brune left Geraldton on 24/5/23 after two days' stay in town during which he wrote several articles (which were published in the local press) and delivered an interesting address to a well-attended meeting. E. Constantine, Guardian, 24/5/23.
Mr de Brune called on me today 24/5/23. Being a native of my own country, Canada, I found him very interesting with his experiences through Australia. I wish him the best of luck and good health through the remainder of his walk—as a Canuck. Yours faithfully, Bernard P. Monery, London, Ontario, Canada.
Dongara 25/3/23. A safe return, Margaret Boxhall, Dongarra Hotel, Dongarra.
May you, circumambulating our land, return as a boomerang, to your base, fit and determined to make Australia its character—White. J. K. Sinclair, postmaster, Geraldton. 24/5/23
T. W. Barwick, Inspector, Geraldton. 24/5/23.
24 May 1923
Day 612 [604]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 364
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6511
Town/Locality Visited: Bluff Point, Utakarra, Geraldton Racecourse, Meru, Narngulu
Note: Left Gerladton for Moora. To Bluff Point, 2 miles. To Utakarra, 2 miles. To Geraldton Racecourse, 2 miles. To Meru, 1 mile. To Narngulu, 1m and on 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Federal House, Geraldton, W.A. Wishing A. de Brune Godspeed on his journey from here to Sydney, after having spent two days' quiet rest with us. Joseph. F. Walters. 24/5/23.
Good luck to the Sydney Pressman on his plucky walk. Some walk. E. H. Hall, Municipal Councillor, Geraldton, W.A.
Hillview, Narngulu, 25/3/23. Best of good fortune and good stout legs for the rest of your most interesting journey. R. H. Cowan.
25 May 1923
Day 613 [605]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 365
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6530
Town/Locality Visited: Bootenal, Georgina, Bradley, Walkaway, Crampton
Note: To Bootenal, 2 miles. To Georgina, 2 miles. To Bradley, 3 miles. To Walkaway, 2 miles. To Crampton, 3 miles and on 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Passed through Walkaway at 2.30 p.m. en route to Dongarra. B. M. McNaught, postmistress.
Mr de Brune arrived at our house 5.30, 25/3/23. Wishing him all luck on his long walk, and a safe return home. (Mrs) M. J. Poole.
26 May 1923
Day 614 [606]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 366
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6546
Town/Locality Visited: Bookarra, Dongarra
Note: On to Bookarra, 1 mile. To Dongarra, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: Dongarra, 27/5/23. Not for mine. (Mrs) L. M. McNamara.
The best of good luck on the journey home, and better luck still, afterwards. (Mrs) M. L. Davies, Dongarra.
May God be with you on your return home and ever afterwards. The best of health and good luck. George Davies, Dongarra. 27/5/23.
27 May 1923
Day 615 [607]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 367
Daily Distance (miles): 32
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6578
Town/Locality Visited: Yardarino, Irwin, Strawberry, Lockyer
Note: On towards Minganew. To Yardarino, 6 miles. To Irwin, 7 miles. To Strawberry, 11 miles. To Lockyer, 7 miles, and on 1 mile.
28 May 1923
Day 616 [608]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 368
Daily Distance (miles): 4
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6582
Town/Locality Visited: Minganew
Note: On to Minganew, 4 miles. Spoke to school children in morning and lectured in evening.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune visited Mingenew State School today, 28/5/23. He addressed the children. Len Harrison, Headmaster. (Miss) M. Bagley, Assistant.
P. J. Simms, postmaster, Mingenew, 28/5/23.
W. T. Bridge, Mingenew, 25/5/23.
Mr de Brune arrived at Commercial Hotel, Mingenew at 8.45 a.m., 25/5/23.
E. W. Field, Storekeeper, Mingenew. Chairman of Mingenew Road Board.
Met Mr de Brune at Geraldton. Was much interested in his address, given in Queens Hall at that town. Met him again at Mingenew, 3 days later, having done a record walk from Port Denison (Dongarra) to Mingenew. He appears to be full of vim and vigour and is looking forward to what he terms an interesting and pleasant Walk Around Australia. Charles Conway (Chas. Conway Drug Co.) Geraldton, W.A.
Mr de Brune, wishing you a pleasant and successful journey. Good Luck. M. J. Cavanagh, Relieving Officer, P.&T. Department, Mingenew, 28/5/23.
29 May 1923
Day 617 [609]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 369
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6605
Town/Locality Visited: Yandanooka, Arrino
Note: On to Yandanooka, 13 miles. To Arrino, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Passed Yandanooka mid-day. C. W. Smith.
Mr de Brune arrived Arrino at 6.30 p.m. on 29/5/23 on his trip around Australia. We all wish him a safe return to Sydney, and the best of luck. E. H Lindhorne, station master.
Have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune on his long journey from Sydney. He looks well after his long journey and I wish him the best of luck to his journey's end. J. H. Daley, Arrino, W.A.
30 May 1923
Day 618 [610]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 370
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6627
Town/Locality Visited: Three Springs, Prowaka Siding
Note: To Three Springs, 13 miles. To Prowaka Siding, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here 1 p.m. 30/5/23. N. McKenzie, Commercial Hotel, Three Springs.
Frank W. Pierce, Three Springs.
J. Russell, Three Springs.
Mr de Brune called at Three Springs Railway Station 2.45 p.m. Good luck to him. J. Starling, station master.
Mr A. de Brune arrived Three Springs post office 2.50 p.m. Best of luck to him and safe return from his long journey. C. Luscombe, postmaster, Three Springs, 30/5/23.
Mr A. de Brune arrived here, Greanaig, Carnamah, 30/5/23 at 7 p.m. John Lang.
Wishing you the best of luck on your long and arduous trip. (Mrs) Jean L. Sharpe, Greenaig, Carnamah, 31/5/23.
Winifred M. Lang, Greenaig, Carnamah.
31 May 1923
Day 619 [611]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 371
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6649
Town/Locality Visited: Carnamah, Winchester Siding, Coorow
Note: To Carnamah, 6 miles. To Winchester Siding, 7. To 9 miles on, within about a mile of Coorow.
Certification/Comment: A. J. Mortimer, station master, Carnamah.
01 June 1923
Day 620 [612]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 372
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6670
Town/Locality Visited: Coorow, Marchagee, Gunyidi
Note: To Coorow, 1 mile. To Marchagee, 12 miles. To Gunyidi, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here Thursday evening 31/5/23. Botha Bros., Coorow.
A. J. Thomas, station master.
L. Bingham, Coorow post office.
02 June 1923
Day 621 [613]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 373
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6686
Town/Locality Visited: Watheroo, Namban
Note: On to Watheroo, 10 miles. To Namban, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: M. Brennan, postmistress, Watheroo, 2/6/23.
2/6/23, Namban. Mr de Brune arrived here at 6 o'clock this evening looking fit for a good many more miles—not too bad, considering. All wish you good luck on the rest of your journey. T. E. Butler and family, H. Calder, T. J. Jackson.
03 June 1923
Day 622 [614]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 374
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6699
Town/Locality Visited: Coomberdale, Delaroo
Note: To Coomberdale, 6 miles. To Delaroo, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived at Delaroo 7 p.m. 3/6/23. V. L. Parker, W. F. Comris.
04 June 1923
Day 623 [615]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 375
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6705
Town/Locality Visited: Moora
Note: To Moora, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: 4/6/23. Mr de Brune arrived in Moora about 9 o'clock today and received his first welcome at the Moora Herald Office. We welcome him to Moora and wish him a safe return to Sydney after his arduous trip on foot. E. L. Green, editor.
I first met Mr de Brune at Moora at 11 a.m. today. He appeared to me to be in good condition and informed me he is on a Walk Around Australia. D. F. Donahue, Constable in Charge, Moora, W.A., 4/6/23.
Jno. Jacques, station master, Moora, Midland Railway Co., 4/6/23.
Moora Rifle Club, No. 9, West. Aust. This is to certify that Mr de Brune called on us during a Picnic Shoot on Monday, 4/6/23. C. C. Linch. V-capt., F. H. Brand, sec., J. D. Thom, W. Saleeba, H. Kay, M. L. Micbell, Arthur E. Dewar, W. W. Nickasson, R. D. Nickasson, J. Darr, E. C. Siggins, W. H. Humphreys.
Midland Advertiser, 4/6/23, Moora, M. R. W. L Michell, editor. Aidan de Brune arrived here 6700 miles from Sydney, hail and hearty, and received best wishes of this town for a successful finish. We send with him our best wishes to the Sydney Daily Mail.
The bearer looks fit after his long stroll and it is a pleasure to talk to him. R. Munro, Moora, 4/6/23.
May good health and success go with you for the remainder of your task. J. A. Sinclair, Moora.
Wm. Newman, Moora. 5/6/23.
Moora Club, 5/6/23. Aidan de Brune arrived at Moora Club on 4/6/23 and we spent a very interesting night with stories of North-West. Chief Steward, Moora Club. Good luck to Sydney Harbour.
05 June 1923
Day 624 [616]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 375
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6705
Note: At Moora.
Certification/Comment: W. H. Martin, roadmaster, Moora, W.A.
H. Johnston, late Laverton Mercury, Mt. Magnet goldfields, W.A.
06 June 1923
Day 625 [617]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 376
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6720
Town/Locality Visited: Walebing
Note: To Walebing, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: T. Crowley, postmaster. Received packet of letters from Moora.
Walebing, 6/6/23. To wish you success and good health for the remainder of your long journey to Sydney. (Lady) Madeline E. S. Lefroy.
Mr Aidan de Brune reached my home on his great walk round Australia at six o'clock this evening and we have spent an interesting time with him. My best wishes go with him. (Sir) H. B. Lefroy, Walebing. 6/6/23.
07 June 1923
Day 626 [618]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 377
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6738
Town/Locality Visited: New Norcia
Note: To New Norcia, 21 miles. but delayed by constant rains and only went 18 miles. from Walebing.
Certification/Comment: Old Victoria Plains Hotel, Waddington, 92 miles from Perth. Wishing you every success and good health in completing your long and trying task. A. C. Norwood.
Waterloo, 7/6/23. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune today on his long walk around Australia. He looks fit and well after his trying task and I wish him the best of health and luck on the remainder of his journey. P. J. Murphy, Waterloo.
Summer Hill, 7/6/23. To our surprise, today we had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune on his long weary walk around Australia. We wish him good luck and may God be with him until he returns to the end of his journey. (Mrs) J. Halligan, Summer Hill.
08 June 1923
Day 627 [619]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 378
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6747
Note: Very bad rains and hail, all day, delayed walking. Went all over New Norcia Monastery and then on about 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: New Norcia, W.A., 7/6/23. While waiting for a hot cup of tea at New Norcia, Mr A. de Brune walked in. He told us of his undertaking and he is to be congratulated and admired, if successful. The weather here is awful. I find it bad enough getting about in my motor car. I wish you every success and a safe journey. B. L. Sergrant, Mt. Lawley, Perth.
Mr de Brune called at New Norcia on his long walking journey round Australia. May God crown his efforts with a full success. A. Catalan, O.S.B.* Abbot, Abbey of New Norcia, 8/6/23. [* Order of St. Benedictine. Ed.]
V. Ubach, O.S.B., Procurator of this Abbey.
Mr de Brune arrived here today accompanied by a shower of hail. That he may accomplish a task which only a man of stout heart would attempt, is the fervent wish of Mrs Lanigan and myself. Joseph P. Lanigan, R.M.
Had the pleasure of meeting Mr Aidan de Brune here today and he looked well and hearty, considering his long walk through difficult country, his description of which was very entertaining. Wishing Mr de Brune good health and strength to fulfil the great effort. R. P. Lanigan, J.P. New Norcia, 8/6/23.
09 June 1923
Day 628 [620]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 379
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6768
Town/Locality Visited: Mogumber, Wannamal
Note: On to Mogumber, 13 miles. To Wannamal, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here 11 a.m. looking well. Had the pleasure of entertaining him for a while. May God speed him in his journey. Best wishes, J. Butler, Mt. Marie, Mogumber, 9/6/23.
Dad and I had the esteemed pleasure of speaking with Mr de Brune for a few minutes. We both wish him God speed on his journey. Theresa Butler, Mt. Marie, Mogumber.
C. Wheelock, Mt. Marie, Mogumba. 9/6/23.
A. T. Stokes, station master and postmaster, Mogumba, 9/6/23. Had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr de Brune at 2.30 p.m. today at my office. I wish him every success and God speed on his return.
9/6/23. Had the pleasure of Mr de Brune to tea and he looks a good winner. Wishing him every luck on his trip. J. Flitcroft, Wannamal.
I met Mr de Brune at Wannamal on Saturday 9/6/23 and wish him good luck on the remainder of his journey. J. E. Pratley, Wannamal.
I had the pleasure of hearing Mr de Brune talk at Wannamal on Saturday night, 9/6/23. Wishing him luck on his journey. J. Breen, Wannamal.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Mr de Brune on 9/6/23. G. Flitcroft, Wannamal.
10 June 1923
Day 629 [621]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 380
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6787
Town/Locality Visited: Mooliabeenee, Moondah Farm
Note: To Mooliabeenee, 13 miles. To Gingin, but camped at Moondah Farm, ? miles short.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Mooliabeenee 10/6/23. F. Marshall, postmaster.
Moondah Farm, Gingin, 10/6/23. I had the pleasure of having Mr de Brune with me on the above date and wish him a safe journey on the rest of his tour. V. J. Rennie, Alec R. G. G. F. Carroll.
11 June 1923
Day 630 [622]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 381
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6806
Town/Locality Visited: Gingin
Note: To Gingin, ?m.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived Gingin, W.A. on 11/6/23. We wish him every success. E. Hammersley, postmaster.
Had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company today, 11/6/23, and wish him a safe journey on. S. Reynolds (Mrs).
Mr de Brune arrived Muchea, 5.25 p.m. 11/6/23. Best wishes for safe journey home. W.P. Reynolds, station master.
James Kulmore, storekeeper, Muchea.
Mr de Brune left Muchea at 8.45 a.m. 12/6/23. Best wishes and good luck. W. P. Reynolds, S.M.
12 June 1923
Day 631 [623]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 382
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6826
Town/Locality Visited: Bullsbrook, Upper Swan, Herne Hill
Note: To Bullsbrook, 6 miles. To Bullsbrook Hotel, 2 miles. To Herne Hill, via Upper Swan (8 miles), 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here 11 a.m. 12/6/23. W. J. Copeman, postmaster.
Met Mr de Brune at Bullsbrook. (Mrs) Florence E. Johnson, Bullsbrook Hotel. 12/6/23.
Arrived Bullsbrook Hotel midday. Very pleased to meet Mr de Brune. (Mrs) E. E. Wood. 12/6/23.
Mr de Brune arrived here for lunch, 12/6/23, midday. Best wishes and good luck. E. J. Wood.
An interesting hour spent with Aidan de Brune, who arrived here at 6 p.m. 12/6/23. (Mrs) Ethel M. Andrew, H. D. Andrew.
13 June 1923
Day 632 [624]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 383
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6846
Town/Locality Visited: Midland Junction, Redcliffe, Belmont, Subiaco
Note: to Midland Junction, 5 miles. To Perth, via Redcliffe and Belmont, 12 miles. To Subiaco, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at Swan Express office on 13/6/23 at 8.35 a.m. Jas. W. Dawson.
Jno. Gerrans, postmaster, Midland Junction.
Guildford, 13/6/23. A good traveller and I wish him every success. M. J. Rawson.
Guildford, 13/6/23. Mr de Brune called here this day. Padbury's Stores Ltd, per A. Barton.
Mr de Brune presented himself at the Sunday Times Office, Stirling Street, Perth, W.A. 13/6/23. J. P. Fry, sub-editor.
Mr de Brune called at the Westralian Worker office 13/6/23. He talked of his experiences in the Territory and the Nor'-West, to my great advantage. I congratulate Australia on having renewed, in him, the splendid exploring qualities of the earliest of its investigators, and I do hope the people of the South will heed his counsel. John Curtin, editor.
We were delighted to welcome our old friend Aidan de Brune on his arrival in Perth today, on his long exciting and adventurous walk around Australia. We wish him the best of luck for the rest of his journey and hope it will not be long before we meet him again. Bon Voyage, old chap. 13/6/23. C. J. R. Le Mesurier, (Mrs) R. Le Mesurier.
13/6/23. Mr de Brune called at my office today. I am satisfied he has already accomplished a wonderful feat. I know the difficulties of the W.A. bush tracks. I wish him luck. H. Willington, Gen. Sec. A.L.P., Trades Hall, Perth.
14 June 1923
Day 633 [625]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 384
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6860
Town/Locality Visited: Nedlands, Claremont, Cottesloe, Fremantle
Note: To Fremantle via Nedlands and Claremont and Cottesloe, 10 miles. To Cottesloe, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: For the W.A. Newspaper Co. Ltd., B. Riensset, Branch Manager, Fremantle. 1 p.m. 14/6/23
For the proprietors of the Daily News Ltd. John Marshall, Fremantle, 2 p.m. 14/6/23. Wishing you the best.
The Advertiser, p.p. Douglas Paul. Best of luck.
E Mouncey, Telegraph Dept., Fremantle W.A., 14/6/23. Health and luck.
T. J. Booth, Police Constable, Fremantle. Richmond Hotel, 14/6/23.
This day has linked up pleasant memories and recalls happy hours at the piano with my old teacher and friend, Mr de Brune. May God speed him on the remainder of his "tramp" around Australia. With hope to see him back again in the West in the New Year. (Miss) Beatrice Friese, Cottesloe, W.A., 14/6/23.
Wishing you every success and good fortune during the remainder of your tramp around Australia. (Mrs) K. Friese, 14/6/23. A. E. Friese, S. Thomas, Arch. E. Friese, jnr.
My admiration for Mr de Brune, who is carrying out the wonderful achievement of walking around Australia. May success attend him during the remainder of his journey. George Ross, 14/6/23.
15 June 1923
Day 634 [626]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 385
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6868
Town/Locality Visited: Perth
Note: To Perth, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: R. P. Stirling, day editor, West Australian, Perth.
H. Hearty, The Daily News, Perth.
A. R. Flint, Secretary, W.A. Trotting Association, Perth.
Success to you. J. Burke, post office, Perth. 16/6/23.
16 June 1923
Day 635 [627]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 386
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6882
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Lawley, Maylands, Bayswater, Guildford, Midland Junction, Greenmount
Note: On to Midland Junction via Mt. Lawley, Maylands, Bayswater, Guildford, 12 miles. On to Greenmount, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: To Professor Henderson, Adelaide University. Mr de Brune, the man who is walking around Australia, called here on 16/6/23—in fact is just having afternoon tea on the verandah—and will call on you. From Mr and Mrs George Tarrant.
17 June 1923
Day 636 [628]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 387
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6911
Town/Locality Visited: Mundaring, Sawyer Valley
Note: To Mundaring, 7 miles. To Sawyer Valley, 2 miles, and on 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: After Mr de Brune leaves Sawyer Valley he will have about 3000 miles to go, and I wish him the best of luck and hope to see him again and hear more of his travels. (Miss) Vera Irene Castle.
18 June 1923
Day 637 [629]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 388
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6929
Town/Locality Visited: York
Note: On to York, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: I had the pleasure of talking to Mr de Brune, Sunday morning, and my best wishes go with him on his long walk. Also wish him the best of luck. (Miss) E. M. Carson, Hillside, Sawyer's Valley. 17/6/23.
Impromptu interview with the subject of the diary en route to York. Kiera (Kiora?)! 17/6/23. A. Quelter, Perth, W.A.
18/6/23. Pleased to meet Mr de Brune at Cut Hill, York, W.A. Wish him the best of luck and health on his long journey. E. J. Aubrey.
On 17/6/23 I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune at Sawyer's Valley. His talk was very interesting. I wish him the best of luck. R. Pearce, Sawyer's Valley.
17/6/23. Have inspected pack and diary and would rather ride. A. Massey.
Having met this gentleman I wish him the best of luck on his long journey. E. J. Williams.
Eastern Districts Chronicle Office, 18/6/23, 3.20 p.m. E. E. Inkpen, Editor.
18/6/23, 4.45 p.m. Wishing Mr A. de Brune a very successful termination to the completion of his long walk. R. Way, postmaster, York. 18/6/23.
I hope you will complete your journey in good health. W. S. Smith, Bayswater.
May you complete your undertaking with the best of health. C. N. Howett, Bayswater, W.A.
A. H. Mercer, Mayor of York. 18/6/23, 4 p.m.
Wishing you the best of luck and good health on your journey. (Mrs) Olive Crowder, Imperial Hotel, York. 18/6/23.
With best wishes. Hoping you have a successful journey is the sincere wish of your friend, W. F. Crowder, Imperial Hotel, York. 18/6/23
With best wishes for a successful journey. D. E. Fowler, Beverley, 18/6/23.
19 June 1923
Day 638 [630]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 389
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6942
Town/Locality Visited: Qualen, Gwambygine, Gilgering
Note: On to Qualen, 4 miles. To Gwambygine, 3 miles. To Gilgering, 3 miles, and on 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Avondale Park, Beverley, 19/6/23. Mr de Brune called this evening and I had a very interesting talk with him. Also wish him every success of his journey. R. F. Chester.
20 June 1923
Day 639 [631]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 390
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6950
Town/Locality Visited: Dale Bridge, Edwards Crossing, Beverley
Note: To Dale Bridge, 1 mile. To Edwards Crossing, 4 miles. To Beverley, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: For the Beverley News Agency, The Beverley Times. Alf. T. Thomas, proprietor. Wishing you continued success on your journey and the realisation of your hopes of reaching Sydney by Xmas. Arrived Beverley 11.30 a.m. 19/6/23.
G. E. Jones, Methodist Church. Hearty congratulations.
Beverley Road board, R. Snellgrove, Secretary. Mr de Brune called this day. Looks well and hearty. Hope his wish to partake Christmas dinner in Sydney will be realised.
20/6/23. Met Mr de Brune with pleasure. Congratulate him on his hardness and determination. Wish him good health and good weather to complete journey. Reginald S. Williams, Beverley.
As one with a name that must appeal to you, I trust your effort will result in a complete victory. E. S. Walker.
A good horse never stumbles, a good walker never tumbles. R. W. Jewson, Beverley.
Wishing Mr de Brune the best of luck. S. Cohen, postmaster, Beverley. 20/6/23.
State School Beverley. 200 pupils and teachers wish you good luck and best of health, and hope that your hopes will be realised. E. W. Schonell, Head Teacher.
Beverley, 20/6/23. Wishing Mr de Brune health and a safe trip. R. A. Smith, Clerk of Courts. 20/6/23.
A. L. Oliver, Beverley Times. The best of good luck.
21 June 1923
Day 640 [632]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 391
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6958
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Kokoby
Note: On to Mt. Kokoby, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Sydney H. Reedy, Mt. Kokoby, 21/6/23. Good luck.
(Miss Mafeking R. Crofts, Hotel Mt. Kokoby. The best of good luck.
Lewes S. Kell, Boyagarra Estate, Mt. Kokoby. 21/6/23. Good luck.
J. Trussel Shaw, Union Bank, Perth. Good health and good luck.
(Miss) Leta Crofts, Mt. Kokoby. 21/6/23.
Mr de Brune called at Brookton post office, 1.45 p.m., 22/6/23.
Good luck and determination will pull through. May best of health go with him. A. J. Tresidder, postmaster.
22 June 1923
Day 641 [633]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 392
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6971
Town/Locality Visited: Brookton
Note: To Brookton, 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. Leonard Cumming, Brookton, wishes Mr de Brune all good luck and a successful ending to his big adventure.
(Mrs) E. Cumming. Best of good luck to Mr de Brune. Bedford Hotel, Brookton, 22/6/23.
H. York, Forest Street, Cottesloe. 22/6/23.
H. G. Baker, Canning Road, East Fremantle.
23 June 1923
Day 642 [634]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 393
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 6983
Town/Locality Visited: Pingelly
Note: On to Pingelly, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: L. Tate, postmaster, Pingelly.
I have just had the pleasure, as a journalist, of meeting Mr de Brune, walking correspondent to the Sydney Daily Mail, who is now engaged in his walk around Australia—from Sydney to Sydney. Jas. H. Greive, Reader, Pingelly. 23/6/23.
R. Young, Exchange Hotel, Pingelly.
24 June 1923
Day 643 [635]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 394
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7006
Town/Locality Visited: Karping Siding, Papanyinning, Yomaning, Cuballing
Note: To Karping Siding, 6 miles. To Papanyinning, 5 miles. To Yomaning, 6 miles. To Cuballing, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: G. Patullo, Garden Valley, Papanyinning. 24/6/23.
I have pleasure in congratulating Mr de Brune on his success up to date and hope he is successful in completing his walk around Australia. A. F. McFarlane, postmaster. 25/6/23.
25 June 1923
Day 644 [636]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 395
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7021
Town/Locality Visited: Narrogin
Note: To Narrogin, 9 miles, and on 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune stayed at my hotel last night on his journey round Australia. I wish him a pleasant trip. (Mrs) L. C. Roberts, Cuballing Hotel. 25/6/23.
Mr de Brune called at my office on 25/6/23, looking fit and well. E. S. Hall, Narrogin Observer.
F. Rownton, postmaster. 25/6/23, Narrogin, W.A.
Narrogin, 25/6/23. Mr de Brune called at Narrogin today, looking well and fit. J. J. James, mayor.
Narrogin, 25/6/23. To Mr de Brune, wishing the best of luck during your trip to Sydney. A. B. Bunning, Hordern Hotel, Narrogin.
Wishing the overlander every success. F. Gruenert, Narrogin, W.A. 25/6/23.
Wishing you the best of luck and may your meals be more regular than during the past few months. R. F. Lachman, Narrogin, W.A.
Heaps of luck and ultimate success. F. M. Lachman. 25/6/23.
As representative of the Sydney Dail Mail I wish Mr de Brune a safe and successful termination of his long journey, and feel sure that a relation of his experiences will be read with great interest by West Australians. W. T. Hughes, editor, Great Southern Leader, Narrogin, W.A. 25/6/23.
Annie Hoffman (Mrs), Trecarnie, Narrogin. Mr de Brune stayed at our home 26/6/23. We quite enjoyed his company and wish him every success in his journey. Having lived in Sydney for some time, I was very pleased to meet with Mr de Brune.
26 June 1923
Day 645 [637]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 396
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7035
Town/Locality Visited: Highbury, Nuralin Pool, Piesse
Note: To Highbury, 4 miles. To Nuralin Pool, 8 miles. To Piesse, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Highbury, Wednesday, 11 a.m. Z. A. Lee.
Mr A. de Brune called at Hillside, Nuralin Pool, on the afternoon of 26/6/23. on his walk round Australia. Although the weather is very wet Mr de Brune seems to be in the best of spirits, and going strong and well. With best wishes for the successful completion of his journey. S. F. de Lany.
Piesse, 26/6/23. On his walk round Australia Mr de Brune arrived at our home this evening. We persuaded him to stay the night and were delighted to hear a short lecture on his impressions gained during his long journey. We trust those in authority will put to good use the knowledge gained at first hand of our great north land by Mr de Brune—Norman S. Harvey, Rose M. Harvey.
Thomas Quinlan has met you at Barton, via Wagin, with Jerry O'Connor. Tuesday 26th June 1923.
Rogers, Esperance Railway.
Evelyn M. Tombs, who met Mr de Brune at Piesse, 26th June 1923. He has my best wishes for a successful finish to his journey.
27 June 1923
Day 646 [638]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 397
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7049
Town/Locality Visited: Wagin
Note: On to Wagin, 10 miles, and on 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Wagin, 2.45 p.m., 27/6/1923. Mr de Brune arrived looking fresh as paint notwithstanding the storms and floods. I hope that his pluck will meet with the best possible award—success. H. C. Tombs, postmaster, Wagin.
This is to certify that Mr de Brune called at my office today—C.C. Keyser, Town Clerk, Wagin, 27/6/1923.
Parkeyerring, near Wagin, W.A. Mr de Brune is here tonight. To the endeavour, success. R. Hobson.
28 June 1923
Day 647 [639]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 398
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7070
Town/Locality Visited: Lime Creek, Boyerine, Woodanilling, Woojeebing
Note: On to Lime Creek, 4 miles. To Boyerine, 6 miles. To Woodanilling, 5 miles. To Woojeebing, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived looking fit and well. Great credit is due to him for the pluck and spirit shown by him on his tour through Australia. Stanley V. Norval, postmaster, 5.50 p.m., 28/6/1923.
29 June 1923
Day 648 [640]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 399
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7089
Town/Locality Visited: Katanning
Note: To Katanning, 7 miles, and on 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: This certifies that Mr de Brune called at this office on his walk round Australia. Great Southern Herald, C. Symonds, Katanning, 29/6/1923.
J. Houyer, postmaster, Katanning, 20/6/1923.
R. Allison, Bank of New South Wales, 29/6/1923.
Mr de Brune called at this office today, Friday, 29/6/1923 on his walking tour around Australia. Katanning District Roads Board, H. F. Buckley, Secretary.
30 June 1923
Day 649 [641]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 400
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7111
Town/Locality Visited: Murdong, Broomehill, Peringillup, Tambellup
Note: To Murdong, 1 mile. To Broomehill, 6 miles. To Peringillup, 8 miles. To Tambellup, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at the post office, Broomehill, W.A. 10.15am, 30/6/1923—E. Bailey, postmaster.
I met Mr de Brune at Tambellup, being away from home and staying in a railway sleeping van. He was pleased to have a warm at our fire. I wish him every success in his walk around Australia. Very pleased to have had a talk with him. A. Ashton, Katanning.
30th June, 1923. Isolated at Tambellup, owing to railway line being washed away, about 7 p.m. the bearer Mr de Brune announced his arrival. His diaries and conversation were very interesting, indeed. I wish him every success on his long walk. S. Scarborough, 30th/6/1923.
Met Mr de Brune and he don't like Billy Hughes. L Hanna.
Mr de Brune leaving Tambellup on his long arduous journey, Sunday morning, 1/7/23. F. W. Chandler, Constable, Tambellup, 30/6/23.
01 July 1923
Day 650 [642]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 401
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7133
Town/Locality Visited: Tingerup, Pootenup, Cranbrook
Note: To Tingerup, 8 miles. To Pootenup, 7 miles. To Cranbrook, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here 12 noon, 1/7/23. R. J. Terry, Lakebanks, Pootenup.
Arrived at Cranbrook at 4.30 on Sunday, 1/7/23. R. H. Dunn, Cranbrook.
Had the pleasure of listening to Mr de Brune's interesting conversation this evening, 1/7/23, and wish him the best of luck. Louise Mackenzie, Cranbrook.
Having had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune I wish him the best of luck, as I am sure he is very interesting and has had a very rough and wet journey through the south-west districts—Yours, John Rudolf Red Hardesson, Cranbrook.
Having met Mr de Brune in Wyndham, 11/10/22 and I again meet him in Cranbrook, 1/7/23, and wish him luck on his long journey. T. L. Williamson, Cranbrook.
02 July 1923
Day 651 [642]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 402
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7139
Town/Locality Visited: Tenterden
Note: To Tenterden, 6 miles. [Repeated day no. 642. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Tenterden School wishes Mr de Brune every success in his efforts to get Australians to know Australia. Albert C. Carrick, 3/7/23. Connie Wornum, W. Irving, A. Wornum, T. A. Toovey, O. Colmes, R. T. Davis, G. Wornum, Billie Carrick, A. Mildwaters, G. Mengler, R. Mengler, E. Herbert, J. Spratt, E. D. Hatt, D. Herbert, Ada Carrick, Edward Davis.
School House, Tenterden. "Mr de Brune arrived here 2/7/23 looking very well. Spent the evening telling us of his various experiences. Would like to visit the Nor'-West after hearing his description. (Mrs) R. E. Carrick.
03 July 1923
Day 652 [643]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 403
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7152
Town/Locality Visited: Lake Matilda, Kendenup
Note: To Lake Matilda, 5 miles. To Kendenup, 5 miles, and on 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at Kendenup at 5.20 p.m., 3/7/23. W. B. Ridge.
Kalgan River, Carbarup, 3/7/23. Had a surprise visit from Mr de Brune. Darkness and rain had overtaken him. Very interested in account of his travels. P. J. Webb, E. H. Webb.
04 July 1923
Day 653 [644]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 404
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7172
Town/Locality Visited: Carbarup, Mt. Barker, Narrikup
Note: To Carbarup, 2 miles. To Mt. Barker, 7 miles. To Narrikup, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: This is to verify that Mr de Brune called at the Mt. Barker, W.A. post office 12.5 p.m. on 4/7/23. F. Hawkin, Mt. Barker, W.A.
Plantagenet Road Board, Mt. Barker, 4/7/23. Called this day. E. W., Secretary.
Narrikup, 4/7/23. We had quite a surprise in seeing Mr de Brune and we wish him all the best of luck in his career. (Mrs) G. S. Elliott.
Narrikup, 4/7/23. Mr de Brune's experiences have been very interesting and I sincerely hope the water will be low and his spirits high for the remainder of his trip. (Miss) G. W. Rushton.
05 July 1923
Day 654 [645]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 405
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7190
Town/Locality Visited: Redmond, Marbellup, Elleker
Note: On to Redmond, 8 miles. To Marbellup, 8 miles. To Elleker, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Elleker, 5/7/23. We have had the pleasure of having a good evening with Mr de Brune and find him very interesting. We wish him every success in his long journey, but he can have it for mine. Harry Smith, (Mrs) Annie Smith, J. M. Brighton, T. A. Brighton, (Miss) Gertie Smith, (Miss) Irene Smith.
06 July 1923
Day 655 [646]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Town/Locality Visited: Grassmere, Cuthbert, Gladhow, Albany
Note: To Grassmere, 1 mile. To Cuthbert, 2 miles. To Gladhow, 2 miles. To Albany, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived Albany 12.15 p.m., 6/7/23. D. W. Smart, The Albany Despatch, Albany, W.A.
Endorsed. Reginald Greenwood, Albany Advertiser, 6/7/23.
Endorsed. Ernest Robins, post office, Albany, 6/7/23.
W. E. Stockdale, Town Clerk, Albany W.A., 6/7/23.
E. Batston, Mayor, Albany, W.A., 7/7/23.
L. Polak, Constable No. 1184, Albany, 7/7/23.
P. Lambert, Albany, 7/7/23.
Albany, 9/7/23. Aidan de Brune, a blazer of the track in working class hopes in Australia. That the future will be kind to him and his is the very earnest wish of W. Mather, State Representative, Waterside Workers Federation of Australia and R. A. Pike, President, Albany Lumpers Union.
Albany, 8/7/23. Mr de Brune has a wonderful story to relate of his journeying around Australia's coastline. A keen observer and fluent speaker, his articles and lectures should do much to dispel the erroneous impressions possessed by many residents of the East regarding this State. Reginald Greenwood, Advertiser Office.
God speed you on the trip home. R. G. Mills, Albany, 13/7/23.
07 July 1923
Day 656 [647]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
08 July 1923
Day 657 [648]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
09 July 1923
Day 658 [649]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
10 July 1923
Day 659 [650]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
11 July 1923
Day 660 [651]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
12 July 1923
Day 661 [652]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
13 July 1923
Day 662 [653]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 406
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7200
Note: At Albany
14 July 1923
Day 663 [654]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 407
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7209
Town/Locality Visited: Kalgan Bridge
Note: On to Kalgan Bridge, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: (Miss) T. F. Harman, Candyup State School, Lower Kalgan.
I take off my hat to him. Alan D. Smith, Kalgan, 15/7/23.
I am pleased he has arrived here safely, and I wish him the best of luck for the remainder of his journey. R. A. Ventris, Kalgan, 15/7/23.
Mr Aidan de Brune, arrived at my house on Saturday 14/7/23, and I have had the pleasure of reading his diaries and have thereby renewed many old acquaintances and associations of my travels from Wyndham to Albany. I consider his feat in accomplishing what he has so far done is nothing short of marvellous, knowing the State as I do. I wish him God Speed and a safe journey for the remaining portion of his wonderful tour, and hope some day to renew my acquaintance with him. Ben J. Smith, Lower Kalgan, 15/7/23.
May you have the success your pluck so richly deserves. (Mrs) Agnes Smith, Glen Kalgan, 15/7/23.
15 July 1923
Day 664 [655]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 407
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7209
Town/Locality Visited: Lower Kalgan
Note: Rested at Smith's at Lower Kalgan owing to bad cold.
16 July 1923
Day 665 [656]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 408
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7229
Note: On towards Warriup and made about 20 miles.
17 July 1923
Day 666 [657]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 409
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7245
Town/Locality Visited: Warriup Station
Note: To Warriup Station, 16 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here Tuesday 17/7/23. We all wish him a safe return to Sydney. (Mrs) H. E. Hassell.
Had a very pleasant evening with Mr de Brune. I wish him a safe return home. J. Dawkins.
18 July 1923
Day 667 [658]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 410
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7267
Town/Locality Visited: Cordiup Station, Marra, Cape Riche Station
Note: To Cordiup Station, 6 miles, and then on to Marra, 2 miles. To Cape Riche Station, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Cape Riche, 19/7/23. Mr de Brune arrived here 16/7/23 en route to Esperance. John Moir, Cape Riche.
19 July 1923
Day 668 [659]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 411
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7283
Town/Locality Visited: Marra Station, Palinup River (Salt River)
Note: On to Marra Station, 16 miles. Across Salt River (Palinup River).
Certification/Comment: All at Marra wish Mr de Brune the best of luck and thank him for a most enjoyable evening's entertainment at our home on 19/7/23. Gladys Moir, Gordon Moir.
20 July 1923
Day 669 [660]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 412
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7308
Note: On towards Bremer Bay. To catchment shed, 8 miles, and on road about 17 miles.
21 July 1923
Day 670 [661]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 413
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7323
Town/Locality Visited: Bremer Bay Telegraph Station
Note: On to Bremer Bay Telegraph Station, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: George Wellstead and I spent a most interesting time with A. de Brune, "the Amateur Tramp," who arrived here 21/7/23. We sincerely hope Good Health and luck will accompany him on his long walk back to dear old Sydney. J. A. See, postmaster.
22 July 1923
Day 671 [662]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 414
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7336
Town/Locality Visited: Bremer River, Quailup Station
Note: On towards Hopetoun. To Bremer River and across bar, 3 miles. To Qualup Station at foot of Barron Range, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Qualup Station, 22/7/23. Mr de Brune arrived here at 4 o'clock today. God spare him health on his weary journey. I wish him the best of luck. G. F. Powell, Manager, Qualup Station, W.A.
Mr de Brune arrived here today. I wish him every luck on his long and tedious journey. Arthur Retell, Qualup Station, W.A.
Mr de Brune arrived here today, thought he was a tramp. May he tramp his way back to Sydney safely. Hannah Powell, Qualup Station.
23 July 1923
Day 672 [663]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 415
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7358
Note: On towards Hopetoun. To telegraph line, 3 miles. To rabbit-proof fence, 5 miles. To Point Anne catchment shed, 4 miles. Across Fitzgerald River to "Coppermine," 10 miles.
24 July 1923
Day 673 [664]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 416
Daily Distance (miles): 33
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7391
Town/Locality Visited: Drummond Spring, Hammersley River, Riverlea Station
Note: On towards Hopetoun. To Drummond Spring. To Hammersley River. To Riverlea Station.
Certification/Comment: Had a very interesting hour with Mr de Brune. I wish him the very best of luck in concluding his long trip. F. A. Lowman, Bremer Bay—950-pole east of Bremer Bay, 24/7/23.
25 July 1923
Day 674 [665]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 417
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7409
Town/Locality Visited: Hopetoun
Note: To Hopetoun, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: Geo. Parsons, Riverlea Farm.
Mr de Brune reached Hopetoun 5 p.m. 25/7/23 en route Sydney. I take this opportunity of wishing him the best of luck on the final stage of his long journey around Australia. W. E. Parry, postmaster, Hopetoun.
Mr de Brune addressed an audience at Hopetoun, whom he delighted with stories of the experiences during his travels, and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded him and he was wished good luck, good health and a safe termination to his long, tiresome journey. Phillip E. Teague, chairman, Hopetoun. 25/7/23.
I have just had the pleasure of hearing Mr de Brune address a meeting at Hopetoun and cannot find words to express my appreciation of the clear and intellectual discourse and can only hope the resultant issue will meet with the success that he deserves and that it will be the means of awaking the people of Australia to the great possibilities of this great Commonwealth. H. Donovan. 25/7/23.
Hopetoun, 25/7/23. Mr de Brune, I am pleased to have met and conversed with you and was delighted with the highly interesting and instructive narrative of portion of your travel. I am glad to know that you have safely accomplished the greater part of your long tmamp and trust that Dame Fortune may be your conductress on the balance of your stroll, and that you may arrive at your terminal point in the best of health and spirits. Good luck! God be with you. (Mrs) E. V. Hiller.
Metropolitan Hotel, Hopetoun, W.A., 25/7/23. Spent a pleasant few hours listening to Mr de Brune's experiences. He seems to have passed some anxious times. We hope the latter part of his journey home to Sydney will be more pleasant, and will look forward to news of his arrival. He is staying at present with us, enjoying a rest. A. Hiller.
Hopetoun, 25/7/23. Wishing Mr de Brune every success on his homeward journey. (Miss) C. Halbert.
To wish Mr A. de Brune a very good wish on his journey to Sydney. Written by one who has been in the the Kimberleys for a short period. Long life and happiness. (Mrs) Myrtle Knox.
Delighted to have had the pleasure of hearing Mr A. de Brune lecture on his journey per foot around Australia, and trust he will successfully reach his home in Sydney. (Miss) H. B. Veal, 27/723, Hopetoun, Western Aust.
Hopetoun, 26/7/23. Mr de Brune—Dear sir, I herewith compliment you on the courage, endurance and success which has attended to your enterprise in your walk around Australia, and wish you every success to the terminal point. Thomas Veal.
26 July 1923
Day 675 [666]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 418
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7418
Town/Locality Visited: Jerdacuttup River, Spring Dale Farm
Note: On to Esperance. To Riverview Farm, Jerdacuttup River, 8 miles. To Spring Dale Farm, 1 mile.
Certification/Comment: I have much pleasure in being favoured with a visit from a man who has the courage to undertake such a task as Mr de Brune has undertaken and I trust that God may grant him health and strength to complete his journey to Sydney. A. S. Daniels.
Mr de Brune—I was very pleased to have met you and hope to watch your travels to the end of your walk, and hope you keep good health and strength to carry you to your journey's end. (Mrs) M. W. Daniels.
Spring Dale, Hopetoun. 27/7/23. To Mr Aidan de Brune. We are pleased that you have called to see us and wish you every success in doing the remainder of your trip. Good luck. J. W. and R. Leiper.
27 July 1923
Day 676 [667]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 419
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7443
Note: On towards Esperance. To telegraph line, 5 miles. To 199-pole catchment shed, 5 miles. To rabbit-proof fence, 13 miles. To fence-rider's hut, 2 miles.
28 July 1923
Day 677 [668]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 420
Daily Distance (miles): 45
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7488
Town/Locality Visited: Bald Rock, Oldfield River, Manjanup, Fanny Cove
Note: On towards Esperance. To telegraph line, 2 miles. To Bald Rock, 12 miles. To Oldfield River, 4 miles. To Manjanup, 5 miles. To 1241-pole (Fanny cove) and five miles on—and lost road—22 miles.
29 July 1923
Day 678 [669]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 421
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7512
Note: On towards Esperance. Going up River Young at Fanny Cove to find ford, 4 miles. To telegraph line, 5 miles, and on 15 miles.
30 July 1923
Day 679 [670]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 422
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7524
Note: On towards Esperance. To Mr Stewart's Station, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Dalyup, 31/7/23. We were pleased to meet Mr de Brune and were very much interested in him, and wish him good luck for the remainder of his journey. W. H. Stewart.
31 July 1923
Day 680 [671]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 422
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7524
Note: Delayed at Mr Stewart's by heavy rains.
01 August 1923
Day 681 [672]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 422
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7524
Note: Delayed at Mr Stewart's by heavy rains.
02 August 1923
Day 682 [673]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 423
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7543
Note: On Towards Esperance. To. Mr Daw's Farm, 19 miles.
Certification/Comment: Moujebank, 2/8/23. When driving home, about six miles out of town (Esperance) we met Mr de Brune, with his swag up and walking very lame. We didn't know whom he was and took him for a sundowner at first. But he told us his name and we gladly escorted him back to our house for the night and spent a very pleasant evening in his company. The stories of his experiences, etc., his papers and diary were both wonderful and interesting. With best wishes and good luck for the remainder of his journey. Florence Daw, Fred C. Daw.
03 August 1923
Day 683 [674]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 7
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Town/Locality Visited: Esperance
Note: To Esperance, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Arrived at Esperance 12.50 p.m. 3/8/23. W. S. Johnson, postmaster, Esperance.
Was very pleased to meet Mr de Brune today and am pleased to find him looking so well after his very long walk. Looks wiry enough to pull through and this means much after the past exceeding bad weather—and it speaks for his well-being. Good luck and success. E. J. McCarthy, Chairman, Esperance Roads Board, 3/8/23.
Esperance, 3/8/23. I have the honour to testify that Mr A. de Brune called on me and had an interesting talk. I was much interested in his mission, and he was in his turn interested in me as a resident of Esperance for 29 years. With best wishes to him, Yours, Thos. R. Orr.
04 August 1923
Day 684 [675]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
Certification/Comment: Best of good luck on your long and arduous trip. J. K. Lyall, 4/8/23, Esperance Bay.
4/8/23. Bon voyage, Best wishes. Issac George, R.M., Esperance, W.A.
4/8/23. A worthy task. Hope you succeed. W. A. Chambers, Esperance.
Esperance. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune today and was deeply interested in his account of his unique experiences. He is looking remarkably fit after his long tramp. I trust he may complete his long journey without mishap and thus establish a record for walking. John Leader, 3/8/23.
Esperance, 3/8/23. I wish Mr de Brune good health during the remaining portion of his journey, and that he may live long to enjoy his remembrances. Esperance District Road Board, W. G. McLean, Secretary.
Wishing you good fortune. Helen M. M. McCarthy, Esperance.
Having had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and hearing his experiences I hope his journey back to Sydney is a successful one. Emily Hancock, Esperance Hotel.
Esperance Hotel. Having had the pleasure of looking over the proofs of Mr A. de Brune's long journey, I shall be very pleased to see the account of the successful termination of his long and arduous task and wish him the best of good luck. George Rowell.
Esperance, 8/7/23. Having had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune during his stay in Esperance I have been much interested in his accounts of his experiences on his journey. He looks remarkably well and happy and I trust he might complete his journey without mishap. Wishing him every success. (Miss) Winnie Beckwith.
Esperance, 8/7/23. My admiration for Mr de Brune, who has undertaken the great task of walking around Australia. Wishing him good luck and good health during the remainder of his journey. (Miss) Alice Beckwith.
Esperance. 4/8/23. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and listening to a most interesting description of his journey from Sydney to Esperance and wish his every success on his return journey. We had the pleasure of hearing some of his beautiful music, his own composition, and hope to have him among us again. E. Beckwith, Esperance.
Esperance, 4/8/23. Having had the honour of Mr de Brune's company at my home today I wish him every success on his return journey." (Mrs) E.C. Beckwith.
05 August 1923
Day 685 [676]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
06 August 1923
Day 686 [677]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
07 August 1923
Day 687 [678]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
08 August 1923
Day 688 [679]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
09 August 1923
Day 689 [680]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
10 August 1923
Day 690 [681]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
11 August 1923
Day 691 [682]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
12 August 1923
Day 692 [683]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
Certification/Comment: Esperance. 12/8/23. I have read Mr de Brune's journal and being acquainted with many of the isolated places in the Kimberleys that he has visited, I can only admire the pluck and endurance of the man who has travelled through them on foot. I wish him every success on the rest of his journey around Australia. John Ryan, O.I.C. Police, Esperance, W.A.
May health and happiness be yours through life. Cecil Hancock, York Hotel, Kalgoorlie.
Just a remembrance of the hectic days spent in Esperance. A. C. Johnston, rep. Goode Durrant & Co., Ltd., Perth and Kalgoorlie.
13 August 1923
Day 693 [684]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
14 August 1923
Day 694 [685]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
15 August 1923
Day 695 [686]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 424
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7550
Note: Detained at Esperance with sprained ankle.
16 August 1923
Day 696 [687]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 425
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7565
Note: To Mr Hannett's, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: Stockyard Creek, 16/8/23. I have read Aidan de Brune's diary and think the same very interesting. I hope Good keeps his strength up until he completes his long walk from Sydney to Sydney. With best of luck. (Mrs) May Hannett.
16/8/23. A second meeting with Aidan de Brune. First I met him at Wallal in the north-west of W.A. Now I have met him again near Esperance, at Stockyard Creek, a distance of 2200 miles from Wallal, and still going strong—Like Johnnie Walker. Was pleased to meet him again and wish him good luck. His journey's back is broken and hope he pulls through safely. E. Hannett.
17 August 1923
Day 697 [688]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 425
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7565
Town/Locality Visited: Stockyard Creek
Note: Rested ankle at Mr Hannett's. [At Stockyard Creek. Ed.]
18 August 1923
Day 698 [689]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 426
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7579
Town/Locality Visited: Boyatup
Note: On to Mr Dunn's, 14 miles. [Boyatup. Ed.]
19 August 1923
Day 699 [690]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 427
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7608
Town/Locality Visited: Quagup Soak
Note: To Quagup Soak, 23 miles, and on 6 miles.
20 August 1923
Day 700 [691]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 428
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7624
Town/Locality Visited: Lynburn Station
Note: On to Thomas River Station, 16 miles.
21 August 1923
Day 701 [692]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 428
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7624
Note: Rested ankle at Thomas River Station. [Lynburn Station. Ed.]
22 August 1923
Day 702 [693]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 428
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7624
Note: Rested ankle at Thomas River Station. [Lynburn Station. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: 22/8/23. Having had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company for two days, he has stood the test of my batching. I wish him the very best of luck and may he always sleep on bags minus fleas." W. N. Matthews, Lynburn Station, Esperance. ["batching" = living as a bachelor. Ed.]
23 August 1923
Day 703 [694]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 429
Daily Distance (miles): 32
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7656
Town/Locality Visited: Cape Paisley
Note: On to Cape Paisley. To telegraph line, 8 miles. To camp, 7 miles. To turn-off road, 7 miles. To hut, 10 miles.
24 August 1923
Day 704 [695]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 429
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7656
Note: Detained at hut by bad foot.
25 August 1923
Day 705 [696]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 430
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7677
Town/Locality Visited: Point Malcolm
Note: On to telegraph line, 6 miles. To Point Malcolm, 15 miles.
26 August 1923
Day 706 [697]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 431
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7689
Town/Locality Visited: Israelite Bay
Note: To Israelite Bay, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Israelite Bay, 26/8/23. Mr de Brune arrived mid-day looking as fit as a fiddle and smiling. Having already tramped close on 8000 miles and still another 2000 to go. We wish him the very best of health and good fortune on the last stages of his long and wonderful tramp, and may he arrive in Sydney before Xmas 1923. W. Looney, postmaster, Israelite Bay.
Israelite Bay, 29/8/23. Wishing you a safe trip and very happy Xmas. (Mrs) V. Looney. Israelite Bay, 29/8/23. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and of also reading his diary which contains names of friends in other parts. I wish him the best of good luck for the remainder of his long walk. (Mrs) S. Brown.
Israelite Bay, 19/8/23. Having had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and speaking to him of other parts of the country than this with which he is acquainted I feel sure that his hard and wonderful task shall never be fully appreciated, other than by those who know the class of country he has travelled through and have had to depend on their own resources. Wishing him every success. W. T. Brown.
Pleased to have met Mr de Brune. J. Tait, Israelite Bay.
27 August 1923
Day 707 [698]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 431
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7689
Note: At Israelite Bay.
28 August 1923
Day 708 [699]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 431
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7689
Note: At Israelite Bay.
29 August 1923
Day 709 [700]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 432
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7707
Note: On towards Eyre. To 18-mile tank, 18 miles.
30 August 1923
Day 710 [701]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 433
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7725
Town/Locality Visited: Wattle Camp
Note: On to Wattle Camp, 18 miles.
31 August 1923
Day 711 [702]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 434
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7751
Note: On to catchment shed at pole 939, 11 miles. To catchment shed at pole 1243, 15 miles.
01 September 1923
Day 712 [703]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 435
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7777
Town/Locality Visited: Point Culver
Note: To Point Culver, 10 miles. To catchment shed at pole 1793, 16 miles.
02 September 1923
Day 713 [704]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 436
Daily Distance (miles): 7
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7784
Town/Locality Visited: Flying Gang Camp
Note: To Flying Gang Camp, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: No. 1 Telegraph Line Party Camp, 88 miles east of Israelite Bay, 2/9/23. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived in camp at noon Looking well and going very strong. I wish him the very best of health and good luck on his long walk. N. R. Weir, Actg. S/L. No. 1 Party.
I have today had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company and find him very interesting and educational with his great experience on his great walk and wish him good luck and the best of health and a safe journey back to good old Sydney. Lloyd Morey, Line Party, 2/9/23.
03 September 1923
Day 714 [705]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 437
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7799
Town/Locality Visited: Toolina Camp
Note: On to Toolina Camp, 15 miles.
04 September 1923
Day 715 [706]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 438
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7820
Note: To catchment shed at pole 2643, 21 miles.
05 September 1923
Day 716 [707]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 439
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7842
Note: To catchment shed at pole 3084, 22 miles.
06 September 1923
Day 717 [708]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 440
Daily Distance (miles): 33
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7875
Note: To catchment shed at pole 3810, 11 miles. To catchment shed at pole 3756, 22 miles.
07 September 1923
Day 718 [709]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 441
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7899
Town/Locality Visited: Eyre
Note: To Eyre, 24 miles.
Certification/Comment: Eyre, South Coast, W.A., 9/9/23. Mr A. de Brune arrived here from Israelite Bay on the evening of the 7th, looking very well, after what must have been one of his worst stages. He has carried a message to me from Wyndham, a distance of nearly 4000 miles. I wish him very good luck during the remainder of his journey to Sydney. J. Simpson, postmaster, Eyre. W.A.
Eyre, 9/9/23. Had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company for the evening and found him very interesting on his travels, on his long walk around Australia. He is looking well and hearty after his 7900 miles tramp. Also had a little talk on his experiences in other countries. I wish him everything that's good. I hope to hear of his safe arrival in Sydney. B. G. Hutchings.
Eyre, 9/9/23. Wishing Mr de Brune every success on his long journey on foot around Australia. Mrs C. M. Hutchings.
Mr de Brune may be a famous "Sydney Mail" pedestrian, but it strikes me he's a lady's man too. He loves his cups of tea. We have thoroughly enjoyed his stay with us. I thank him for bringing a message from Wyndham for Billie Pearce. Eyre, 10/9/23.
P.M.G. Line Party. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at our camp. I wish him the best of luck on his long walk around Australia. This great walk, along with his valuable experience, together with his own education, should prove of great use to Australia, and he should be a very desirable person to meet on his arrival at Sydney. H. Garner, lineman, P.M.G. Dept.
The best of luck to Mr A. de Brune. (Mrs) E. M. Pearce, Eyre, 10/9/23.
Mr de Brune's heart must be as big as Australia to undertake such a task. Good luck to you from (Mrs) A. M. Simpson, Eyre, 10/9/23.
08 September 1923
Day 719 [710]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 441
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7899
Note: Rested at Eyre. Eucla and cargo on beach.
09 September 1923
Day 720 [711]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 441
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7899
Note: Rested at Eyre. Eucla and cargo on beach.
10 September 1923
Day 721 [712]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 442
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7915
Note: On towards Eucla. To catchment shed at pole 3080, 9 miles, and on 7 miles.
11 September 1923
Day 722 [713]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 443
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7925
Note: To catchment shed at pole 2740, 10 miles.
12 September 1923
Day 723 [714]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 444
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7952
Town/Locality Visited: Moldura Station
Note: To old Clifton homestead, 20 miles. To Moldura homestead (no one there), 7 miles.
13 September 1923
Day 724 [715]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 444
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7952
Note: Camped at Moldura Station for the day.
Certification/Comment: Met Mr de Brune on his walk round Australia at Moldura Station where I was camped and spent a very instructive and interesting time listening to his recital of his journey. Wishing him all luck on the last lap of his journey. W. H. Vincent.
14 September 1923
Day 725 [716]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 445
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 7982
Note: To telegraph line at catchment shed at 112-mile, 3 miles. To hut and well under cliff, 15 miles, and on 12 miles, and camped.
15 September 1923
Day 726 [717]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 446
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8005
Town/Locality Visited: Mundrabilla Station
Note: To catchment shed at 82-mile, 3 miles. To Mundrabilla Station, 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: I had the pleasure of A. de Brune's company tonight, 15/9/23. He tells the most interesting stories of his travels. J. Booth.
16 September 1923
Day 727 [718]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 446
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8005
Note: Rested at Mundrabilla.
17 September 1923
Day 728 [719]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 447
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8026
Note: To woolshed, 6 miles. To abandoned homestead, 4 miles. To gate, 4 miles. To sump, 7 miles. Twelve miles east of station, motor record breakers passed me—going strong.
18 September 1923
Day 729 [720]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 448
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8045
Note: On to telegraph line, 17 miles. To catchment tank on road, 1 mile. To line catchment shed, 1 mile.
19 September 1923
Day 730 [721]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 449
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8069
Town/Locality Visited: Eucla
Note: On to Eucla, 24 miles.
Certification/Comment: Telegraph Repeating Station, Eucla, W.A. 19/9/23. Mr de Brune arrived here—his last place of call in W.A—at 5 p.m., bringing with him a most welcome shower of rain. We wish him all good luck. R. Counsel, O.I.C., (Miss) Nancy Counsel, Alan Counsel.
Eucla 21/9/23. Wishing Mr de Brune the best of luck on his overland trip. H. E. Tonkin.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune. Wishing him every success and a hearty welcome when he gets back to Sydney. (Mrs) A. M. Flanagan.
Eucla, 21/9/23. Good luck to Aidan de Brune, the man who blazed the track around Australia. W. H. C. Shaw.
20 September 1923
Day 731 [722]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 449
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8069
Note: Rested at Eucla.
21 September 1923
Day 732 [723]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 449
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8069
Note: Rested at Eucla.
22 September 1923
Day 733 [724]
State or Territory: WA
Cumulative Days Walked: 450
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8086
Town/Locality Visited: Wilsons Bluff
Note: Left Eucla, 3 p.m. To top of Wilsons Bluff, 4 miles. To Boundaary (W.A.-S.A.) 5 miles., making a total mileage in Western Australia of 3849. To catchment sump (in S.A.), 8 miles.


IX. — SOUTH AUSTRALIA

23 September 1923
Day 734 [725]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 451
Daily Distance (miles): 29
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8115
Note: [Entered South Australia. Ed.]
To dam, 13 miles. To sump, 1 mile. To sump, 15 miles.
24 September 1923
Day 735 [726]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 452
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8136
Note: Rain and gale of wind all day. Thought I was in a dry area!! To dam, 17 miles. To catchment shed, 4 miles.
25 September 1923
Day 736 [727]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 453
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8157
Note: To sump, 7 miles. To catchment shed, 14 miles.
26 September 1923
Day 737 [728]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 453
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8179
Note: [Walked day number repeated (453). Ed.]
To 6 miles, where met Mr Flannigan (lineman). To sump and gate, 6 miles. To fence, 8 miles. To catchment shed, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Wishing you the best of luck—J. H. Flannigan.
Arrived at my camp on the 26/9/23.—A. Pideth.
27 September 1923
Day 738 [729]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 454
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8194
Town/Locality Visited: Nullarbour Station
Note: To gate, m. To dam, 2 miles. To gate, 6 miles. To Nullarbour Station, 6.
Certification/Comment: May you see your ideals come to pass—Roy Brooks.
28 September 1923
Day 739 [730]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 455
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8200
Town/Locality Visited: White Well Station
Note: On to White Well Station, 6 miles.
29 September 1923
Day 740 [731]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 456
Daily Distance (miles): 36
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8236
Note: To gate, 3 miles. To hut and windmill, 3 miles. To gate, 2 miles. To corner paddock, 2 miles. To edge Nullarbour Plain, 5 miles. To catchment shed, 5 miles. (gate m. beyond) To pump, 10 miles. To catchment shed, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune stayed at White Well last night, and starts on his journey again today. We wish him the best of luck and good health. T. Butler, J. Lambert, Ellen Lambert, R. Borey.
30 September 1923
Day 741 [732]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 457
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8255
Note: To gate, 12 miles. To hut and windmill, 7 miles.
01 October 1923
Day 742 [733]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 458
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8276
Town/Locality Visited: Colona Station
Note: To sump, 3 miles. To catchment shed, 3 miles. To gate, 1 mile. To gate, 4 miles. To Colona Station, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Calona, 1/10/23. Mr de Brune arrived here on the long trail and stayed for the night. Very interesting and not the average tramp. Lots of good luck. F. Evans.
02 October 1923
Day 743 [734]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 459
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8296
Note: On to fence, no gate, 3 miles. To hut in paddock on right, 3 miles. To fence, 3 miles. To gate, 1 mile, and on 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here on his long journey. Going on 3/10/23. Brought with him calm weather after a month of storms and rain. With best wishes. From now on good luck.—N. H. Wheadon.
03 October 1923
Day 744 [735]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 460
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8322
Town/Locality Visited: Fowlers Bay, Glenboree
Note: To Fowlers Bay, 16 miles. To Glenboree, 10.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived at Fowler's Bay on 3/10/23. J. A. Davies, postmaster.
Fowler's Bay, 3/10/23. I have had very much pleasure in meeting Aidan de Brune who is walking around Australia. Mr de Brune informs me that I am the 1st Police Officer he has met since his arrival from Western Australia (quite an honour, residing at Fowler's Bay.) Wishing Mr de Brune every success. A. H. Sprigg, mounted constable, Fowler's Bay.
Mr de Brune, a kindred spirit. To him luck. Victor C. Williams, W. H. Betts Ltd, Fowler's Bay.
Mr de Brune arrived here today. We all find him very interesting and wish him every success on the rest of his journey to Sydney. E. W. Dolling, F. K. Dolling, (Miss) E. A. Dolling, J. W. Dolling, (Mrs) C. F. Dolling.
04 October 1923
Day 745 [736]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 461
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8344
Town/Locality Visited: Bookabie, Belamount
Note: To Bookabie, 11 miles, and on 11 miles. to Belamount.
Certification/Comment: Have had much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune and wish him good luck and health in the rest of his journey to Sydney. (Mrs) J. Miller, snr.
Stayed night at Belamount Farm. W. Farrelly, Penong.
05 October 1923
Day 746 [737]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 462
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8355
Town/Locality Visited: Penong
Note: On to Penong, 11 miles. Met a motor party who took my photo.
Certification/Comment: Penong, 5/10/23. Have had great pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune. We find him interesting and wish his every success on his long and courageous walk around Australia and trust he arrives safely at his destination. G. L. Simmons; (Mrs) L. J. Simmons; C. V. Pearson, J.P. postmaster, Penong; C. C. Murray; G. P. Maher; C. P. Moore.
Penong 5/10/23. I have had very great pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune and wish him good luck on the rest of his journey. (Mrs) F. Murray, Colin Murray, (Miss) Alfreda May, (Miss) Joyce Ellis.
Aidan de Brune arrived here Friday 5/10/23 on his long journey, delivered a most interesting lecture on "what Australia should be." Wish him best of all good wishes to Sydney and after. Cyril C. Murray.
06 October 1923
Day 747 [738]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 463
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8373
Town/Locality Visited: Charra
Note: On towards Ceduna (Murat Bay). To Charra, 18 miles.
Certification/Comment: Charra, 6/10/23. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at my farm from Penong tonight looking fit and well and in good spirit. I had an interesting chat with him on his great experience, which should be helpful to many people seeking such information as Mr de Brune can give. My best wishes go with him, and may the feat which he has nearly accomplished be crowned with success, and his great enterprise be the means of paving the way for future people to advance and settle our great continent. Wishing good luck and good health to the end. Edgar T. Mewett.
07 October 1923
Day 748 [739]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 464
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8393
Town/Locality Visited: Denial Bay
Note: On to Mr Hoffrichter's Farm (Denial Bay), 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: Denial Bay, 7/10/23—Mr de Brune arrived here this evening. We had a very interesting chat. I wish him every success on his long journey. E. A. Hoffrichter, Denial Bay.
08 October 1923
Day 749 [740]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 465
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8403
Town/Locality Visited: Goode
Note: On to Mr Skinner's Farm at Goode. Very bad all day with attack of dysentery. Took the wrong road when leaving Mr Hoffrichter's and found myself further from Murat Bay than when I started. 10 miles.
09 October 1923
Day 750 [741]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 466
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8403
Note: [Counted walking day for day 741, but 0 miles walked. Ed.]
Laid up with bad attack of dysentery at Mr Skinner's.
Certification/Comment: Goode, 9/10/23. Mr de Brune arrived here last night. We had a very interesting chat. I wish him good luck on his long trip and the best of health. A.J. Skinner, Goode.
10 October 1923
Day 751 [742]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 466
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8403
Note: Laid up with bad attack of dysentery at Mr Skinner's.
11 October 1923
Day 752 [743]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 466
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8403
Note: Laid up with bad attack of dysentery at Mr Skinner's.
12 October 1923
Day 753 [744]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 467
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8417
Town/Locality Visited: Murat Bay, Ceduna
Note: On to Murat Bay (Ceduna), 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called on me at 4. p.m. 12/10/23. J. R. Ryan, postmaster, Ceduna, South Australia.
Mr A. de Brune called on me at 4.30 p.m. this date. A. M. Pike, police officer, Local Court, Ceduna.
13 October 1923
Day 754 [745]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 467
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8417
Note: Lectured at Hall, Murat Bay.
Certification/Comment: Wishing Mr de Brune all good luck and a safe arrival at his destination, and that at that point all the objects of his long walk will have been achieved. M. Hamden per M. W., Murat Bay Hotel. 15/10/23.
14 October 1923
Day 755 [746]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 468
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8438
Town/Locality Visited: Waranda Well
Note: On towards Wirrulla. To Waranda Well, 21 miles.
Certification/Comment: Waranda Well. Mr de Brune arrived here last night. We had a very interesting evening about this gentleman's long trip. We wish him the best of health and good luck. J. W. Hute and family.
15 October 1923
Day 756 [747]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 469
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8457
Town/Locality Visited: Chinbringina
Note: On towards Wirrulla. To Chinbringina, 19 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mudamuckea, 15/10/23. Met Mr de Brune here and had lunch together. We wish him the very best of good luck on his long and lonely journey. H. H. Slater, P. J. Woolman, W. James.
Chinbringina, 16/10/23. Mr de Brune stayed with us last night. He is a great traveller and standing his trip very good, and I wish him the best of luck. Yours faithfully, Bruce Potter.
16 October 1923
Day 757 [748]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 470
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8474
Town/Locality Visited: Petina
Note: To Petina, 17 miles.
Certification/Comment: Monseavu House, Petina via Sreaky Bay, S.A. 17/10/23. I had the pleasure of having the company of Mr Aidan de Brune with me last night. I had a most interesting talk with him about the wilds of Australia. I hope and trust that this gentleman is successful in completing his journey and I wish him every success, and I hope when he arrives in Sydney he will send me a post card giving date of his arrival. G. P. Roberts.
Monseavu House, Petina, 16/10/23. Mr de Brune arrived here about sundown per (Cruick) shank's power. He gave Mr Roberts and self a most instructive and musical evening. May he reach his journey's end on time and in health. A. M. Mellor, of Glenelg, S.A.
Monseavu House, Petina, 17/10/23. Mr de Brune, I am very pleased to have met and conversed with you on your trip round Australia, and I wish you every success in the remainder of your trip. B. Thorpe.
17 October 1923
Day 758 [749]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 471
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8484
Town/Locality Visited: Wirrulla
Note: To Wirrulla, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here 1.50 at Wirrulla. G. B. E. Skinner, postmistress.
Mr de Brune spent the night 17/10/23 here. We wish him health and good luck on his long journey. (Mrs) L. A. Burke.
18 October 1923
Day 759 [750]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 472
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8500
Note: On towards Yardea. To sump at 16-mile, 16 miles.
19 October 1923
Day 760 [751]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 473
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8525
Note: On towards Yardea. To sump at 950 pole, 8 miles. To catchment shed, 9 miles, and to sump at turn off, 8 miles.
20 October 1923
Day 761 [752]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 474
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8547
Note: On towards Yardea. To gate, 6 miles. To dam, 2 miles. To old homestead, 14 miles.
At 6 miles I was at foot of Gawler Range and 4 miles on entered pass through range.
21 October 1923
Day 762 [753]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 475
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8559
Town/Locality Visited: Yardea
Note: Found out-camp in morning. On to Yardea, 12 miles.
22 October 1923
Day 763 [754]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 475
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8559
Note: Rested at Yardea.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune walked into Yardea yesterday, 21/10/23. A very plucky undertaking and he should adopt as his motto 'veni, vidi, vici!' E. H. Bird, Bookkeeper and postmaster, Yardea.
23 October 1923
Day 764 [755]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 476
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8577
Town/Locality Visited: Thurga Station
Note: On to Thurga Station, 18 miles.
24 October 1923
Day 765 [756]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 476
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8577
Note: Delayed at Thurlga Station by rain.
Certification/Comment: 24/10/23, Thurlga Station. Mr de Brune stayed here last night. He is quite well. J. P. Turley, Manager, Thurlga Station.
Mr de Brune arrived here looking well. J. Heath, Thurlga Station via Port Augusta, 24/10/23.
25 October 1923
Day 766 [757]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 477
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8597
Town/Locality Visited: Mt. Ive Station
Note: On to Mt. Ive Station, but lost track, taking wrong track at 5 miles out of station (Thurlga) and went northwards to outcamp at Mt. Ive Tank, 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: 26/10/23. Mr de Brune camped here last night. Had a good chat about his trip. I wish him luck. D. Allan, Mt. Ive Tank.
26 October 1923
Day 767 [758]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 478
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8619
Town/Locality Visited: Kolinda Station
Note: On to Kolinda Station, 22 miles.
Certification/Comment: Have met and conversed with Mr de Brune, an interesting personality. Besides being very fond of music, and enjoyable to listen to, his talents in other matters should go far to encourage things Australian. Good luck to him. A. J. C. Brodie, 28/10/23.
Good luck and a safe and speedy journey back to Sydney. (Mrs) S. Brodie, 28/10/23.
27 October 1923
Day 768 [759]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 478
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8619
Note: Rested at Kolinda Station.
28 October 1923
Day 769 [760]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 479
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8634
Town/Locality Visited: Nonning Station
Note: On to Nonning Station, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: 29/10/23. Mr de Brune stayed with us here at Nonning last night. He is well, and going strong, like Johnny Walker, and we wish him good luck for the rest of his long journey. J. D. McTaggart.
29 October 1923
Day 770 [761]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 480
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8649
Town/Locality Visited: Siam Station
Note: To Siam Station, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: Have had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company at Siam this evening and wish him every success and the very best of health on the remainder of his long tramp. John J. Brennan, Siam Station, 29/10/23.
Good luck to Mr Aidan de Brune and a safe return to Sydney. (Mrs) Beith Brennan, Siam Station.
30 October 1923
Day 771 [762]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 481
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8665
Town/Locality Visited: Carunna Station
Note: On to 12-mile hut, Carunna Station, 16 miles.
Certification/Comment: 12-mile Hut, Carrunna. Have had the pleasure of Mr de Brune's company with us tonight and I wish him success and a safe return to Sydney. A. Clarke, 12-mile hut, 30/10/23.
Carrunna Station. Mr de Brune stayed with us last night and he is in good form, and we wish him good luck and a safe return to Sydney. M. Sheridin, C. King, 30/10/23.
31 October 1923
Day 772 [763]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 482
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8679
Town/Locality Visited: Iron Knob
Note: On to Iron Knob, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here about mid-day bringing his total mileage to 8679 miles. I am looking forward with pleasure to an interesting hour or so with him this evening. He has gathered a wonderful store of information in his long tramp in storm and sunshine, and is only too pleased to give us the benefit of his experience. His journey is nearly ended and I trust the remainder will be accomplished under the best of conditions. P. J. Brett, postmaster, 31/10/23.
Iron Knob Hotel, 1/11/23. Had much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune. Wishing him every success on his game undertaking. J. O. Anderson.
01 November 1923
Day 773 [764]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 483
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8699
Town/Locality Visited: Pandurra Station
Note: On to Pandurra Station, 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived here at Pandurra Station at half-past five, looking well. We wish him the best of luck and a safe return to Sydney. (Mrs) Maisie O'Loughlin, Pandurra Station, 1/11/23.
02 November 1923
Day 774 [765]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 484
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8725
Town/Locality Visited: Knob Tank Station, Port Augusta
Note: On to Knob Tank Station, 18 miles. To Port Augusta, 8 miles.
03 November 1923
Day 775 [766]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 484
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8725
Note: At Port Augusta.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at Geddes & Co. timber yard today with letter for Mr Young from Carnarvon, W.A. Norm Oswald, Port Augusta.
Mr de Brune arrived at Port Augusta 2/11/23. J. Hoar, postmaster.
Mr de Brune was in Port Augusta on Saturday, 2/11/23. J. S. James, Sergeant of Police.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived in Port Augusta, Friday night 8 p.m., 2/11/23. J. Roberts, Mayor, Port Augusta.
R. H. Davidson, Methodist Minister, Port Augusta, 3/11/23.
Mr A. de Brune arrived here on 2/11/23. P. J. Young, Craiglea, Port Augusta; Spen. Jones, Catninga; A. Brook, Mundollio; W. John N. Short, Commonwealth Railway, Port Augusta.
N. C. Lemon, Hotel Flinders, Port Augusta, 3/11/23.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at Port Augusta at 8 o'clock on the night of 2/11/23. To date we have published in The Transcontinental two of his articles describing his travels. On Sunday evening he delivered an interesting lecture in the Town Hall. Nearly three years ago we made Mr de Brune's acquaintance when he was walking across Australia—Kalgoorlie to Sydney. May he complete his task in the best of health. Maurice H. Hill, part proprietor, The Transcontinental, Port Augusta, 3/11/23.
04 November 1923
Day 776 [767]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 484
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8725
Note: Lectured at Port Augusta Town Hall—the Mayor, Mr J. Roberts, in the Chair—a fair audience.
05 November 1923
Day 777 [768]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 484
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8725
Note: Rested at Port Augusta.
Certification/Comment: Riordan's Central Coffee Palace, Port Augusta. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune. He looks well and healthy and I wish him every success to complete his long walk around Australia. 5/11/23, William L. Riordan.
06 November 1923
Day 778 [769]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 485
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8750
Town/Locality Visited: Stirling, Wilmington
Note: On to Stirling, 5 miles. On to Wilmington, 20 miles.
Certification/Comment: I have much pleasure in meeting Mr Aidan de Brune at Stirling North and wish him every success in his brave undertaking. L. C. Harris, postmistress, 6/11/23, 10.30am.
Wilmington Hotel, Wilmington, 6/11/23. Melbourne Cup Day. Mr de Brune arrived at this Hotel about 7 p.m. after a tramp of about 25 miles from Port Augusta, looking tired and weary but as hard as nails. I wish him the best of luck in his plucky undertaking and am sure he will reach Sydney in the best of condition. W. F. Osborne, Wilmington, 190 miles from Adelaide.
G. A. G. Read, postmaster, Wilmington, South Australia, 7/11/23.
Wilmington 7/11/23. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune here this morning. He looks as though he had gone through some hardships and as though he could stand a good deal more. Wishing him success and good health. Cyril M. Tuckwell.
A. Clemens, Store Assistant, Wilmington, South Australia 7/11/23.
Saw Mr de Brune at Wilmington this date, - ?. ?. ?ooper, M.C. 7/11/23. [Mounted Constable. Ed.]
07 November 1923
Day 779 [770]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 486
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8765
Town/Locality Visited: Melrose
Note: To Melrose, 15 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived at Melrose 6 p.m., 7/11/23. A. H. Jennings, postmaster, Melrose, 8/11/23.
Mr de Brune was at Melrose, 8/11/23. W. T. Virgo, Officer in Charge, Police.
Fred E. Chick, Head Teacher, Melrose School, 8/11/23.
Mr de Brune stayed at our house, Mt. Remarkable Hotel, Melrose. Clarence Fuller, per Edith Fuller, 9/11/23.
08 November 1923
Day 780 [771]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 486
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8765
Note: Rested at Melrose. Lectured at Institute.
09 November 1923
Day 781 [772]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 487
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8782
Town/Locality Visited: Murray Town, Wirrabara
Note: On to Murray Town, 9 miles. To Wirrabara, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: 9/11/23, Murray Town. Capt. J. Riters of steamer Westborough, met Mr de Brune.
Robert L. Forgan of Port Pirie also can vouch. 9/11/23, Murray Town, S.A.
I have pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune here on above date. Cec. Nelson, Port Pirie.
Murray Town Hotel, 9/11/23. Mr de Brune arrived here at 12.40 like Johnny Walker still going strong. A. Arthurson.
E. J. Lewis, postmaster, Murraytown.
Called at Mr Piper's orchard at Wongyarra. Mrs E. H. Piper, August Lafmann.
Met Mr de Brune at Melrose, S.A. on 8/11/23 and again on the 9/11/23 on the road to Wirrabarra (walking) but unfortunately Mr de Brune would not accept my invitation to ride in car, hence I wish Mr de Brune a safe return to his destination—Sydney. E. L. Fry, Manager, Messrs Bennett & Sonter Ltd., Stock and Station Firm, Melrose. 9/11/23.
9/11/23/ Wirrabarra, S.A. Whilst motoring north this afternoon and exchanging the usual courtesy to a pedestrian, making south, I remarked to my friend Mr Passow, "That's the Joker walking round Australia." I had occasion to find out later that there is many a true word spoken in jest when I met Mr A. de Brune at the Hotel, that evening, and passed with him a most pleasant time. J. F. Beckett.
J. E. Hanmill, postmaster, Wirrabara, S.A. 10/11/23.
W. M. Hogg, Manager, Bank of Australia, Wirrabarra.
10 November 1923
Day 782 [773]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 487
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8782
Note: Lectured at Institute and rested day at Wirrabara.
Certification/Comment: Reported at Police Station Wirrabarra, S.A. on 10/11/23. A. W. Warings, No. 8166, Officer in Charge.
Have always had an ambition to emulate the feat of Mr de Brune and consequently derive much pleasure at meeting him on his journey. Reg. B. Puddicombe, Wirrabara, S.A. 10/11/23.
A. T. Wiener, Manager, Eng. Scot. and Aust. Bank Ltd. Wishing Mr de Brune the best of luck.
Wirrabara Hotel, S.A. 11/11/23. Mr de Brune is one of our big white men, who is undergoing many hardships in his great foot-tour, to see first hand the many wonders of our great, but restrained Australia. It behoves us to assist in every possible way to open up the great Northern Territory which should be the flower garden of success and prosperity to Australia. (Mrs) J. F. Beckett.
I am proud to have met Mr de Brune and his lecture was an eye-opener to the possibilities of Australia. I wish his every success. (Miss) E. C. Beckett, Wirrabara, 11/11/23.
Wirrabara, 10/11/23. Wishing Mr de Brune the best of luck. (Mrs) E. M. Cummins, Hotel, Wirrabara.
11/11/23. I feel honoured by Mr de Brune calling on me and I wish him every success. J. Bowman, Stone Hut, S.A.
11 November 1923
Day 783 [774]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 488
Daily Distance (miles): 11
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8793
Town/Locality Visited: Stone Hut, Storm Hut, Laura
Note: To Mr Bowman's Farm at Stone Hut, 4 miles. To Storm Hut, 2 miles. To Laura, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Laura Standard, Crystal Brook Courier Office 11/11/23. Aidan de Brune, Sydney Daily Mail Pedestrian, arrived at Laura Sunday 11/11/23, 11 a.m. on his walking tour from Sydney to Sydney. He called at the office and we had an interview in the editor's den. His trip is one which reveals luck and initiative and perseverance. Wishing him the best of luck. R. J. Rose, J.P., Editor and Proprietor.
Mr de Brune arrived post office, Laura, S.A. 9.30 a.m. 12/11/23. C. L. Leveridge, postmaster, Laura.
This is to certify that Aidan de Brune reported to me at Laura, this date. L. V. R. von der Borch, Officer in Charge Police, Laura 12/11/23.
Commercial Hotel, Laura 11/11/23. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at my hotel about 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Our regret is that he is not staying in the town to give some of his overlanding experiences. He leaves here with the best wishes of all who have met him. Good Luck. Jim Foster.
Laura, 12/11/23. It affords me pleasure to state that Mr Aidan de Brune called upon us this morning. I wish him every success in his enterprise and trust the people of Australia will learn some of their own wonderful country through his researches. F. L. Bundey, Mayor, Laura, South Australia.
12 November 1923
Day 784 [775]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 489
Daily Distance (miles): 7
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8800
Town/Locality Visited: Gladstone
Note: To Gladstone, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Gladstone. It affords me very great pleasure to meet Mr A. de Brune on his overland tour and he takes with him my best wishes for a pleasant journey and safe return home. Fred Rock, "Gala Pictures," Gladstone.
Commercial Hotel, Laura. It affords me great pleasure in making the acquaintance of Mr A. de Brune on his way through Laura—part of his walking around Australia expedition, and wishing him success when completing his hazardous task. C. Felstead, ex-mayor.
Areas Express Office, Gladstone, S.A. Mr de Brune called at this office at 4.20 p.m. 12/11/23. Good luck to him. W. Hancock.
Post office, Gladstone, S.A. Mr de Brune called this office at 5.50 p.m. on 12/11/23. Best wishes for success. D. J. Hillery, Actg. postmaster.
Commercial Hotel, Gladstone, S.A. Mr de Brune built castles in the air when he left Sydney. Now he is putting a foundation under them. Vivian B. Simens, travelling postmaster.
13 November 1923
Day 785 [776]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 489
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8800
Note: Lectured at school, 11am and 2 p.m. Lectured at Memorial Hall in evening.
Certification/Comment: Primary School, Gladstone, 13/11/23. Aidan de Brune called at this school on his long journey on foot from Sydney to Sydney, and addressed the children in most interesting and descriptive language on his experiences. This lecture was better than all the text books on this subject. Good luck to him and a safe return to his home. A. J. P. Kummick, Head Teacher.
Good luck to him. M. Norman 13/11/23.
God speed and safe return. Edith G. Cox, 13/11/23.
Commercial Hotel, Gladstone, 13/11/23. Arrived at my hotel on a hot dusty day, viz. 12/11/23, was one Aidan de Brune. He addressed our school children and lectured to the townspeople with edifying results. Sincere wishes for a safe journey home. Harry Richards. His walk being from Sydney around Australia and back to Sydney.
Gladstone, 12/11/23. Have spent a most enjoyable evening and am going home with different thoughts of conditions of isolated spots in Australia, visited by Mr de Brune. I wish him success and God speed on his journey. Alfred E. Warren.
Gladstone, 14/11/23. We had much pleasure in Mr de Brune's company, and glad to have him with us. Hoping he will finish his long walk in the best of good health. (Mrs) S. Richards.
Gladstone 14/11/23. It affords me great pleasure to have made the acquaintance of Mr de Brune on his overland tour. Mr de Brune, whilst at Gladstone, gave a very interesting address on his travels, of what he had seen and the wonderful resources of the Northern Territory. He takes with him my best wishes for a pleasant journey and safe return home. C. E. Wilson, Police Officer.
Gladstone, 14/11/23. I had the pleasure last night of hearing Mr de Brune lecture and was, with others, deeply interested. He has a wonderful story to tell and is able, by voice and pen, to reproduce the impressions gained on his long, lonely walk. I hope that his pluck and powers of endurance will take him safely through to the completions of his journey, and that the knowledge he has to impart will result, as it should do, in great and lasting benefit to the Commonwealth. W. Hancock, Areas Express.
Georgetown, 14/11/23. I had the pleasure this morning of meeting Mr A. de Brune the Sydney Daily Mail pedestrian, who is walking round Australia. I had a very interesting conversation with him and am quite satisfied that Australians generally do not know the conditions prevailing outback. Wishing Mr de Brune every success, yours faithfully, J. J. Angby.
Police Station, Georgetown, 14/11/23. I had the pleasure this date of having a conversation with Mr Aidan de Brune and am satisfied from my own personal knowledge of the Territory, travelled by our friend, that his experiences when reduced to book form and distributed among the rising generation, will be of the utmost educational value to Australia as a whole. W. H. Kitchen, police officer.
14 November 1923
Day 786 [777]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 490
Daily Distance (miles): 7
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8807
Town/Locality Visited: Georgetown
Note: To Georgetown, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Georgetown, 14/11/23. I was very pleased to meet our friend, Mr A. de Brune and wish him every success and long life to lecture on his walk through Australia. H. S. Stacey, C.T.A., Adelaide.
Georgetown, 14/11/23. I have read with great pleasure and interest the account of your travels in the press and admire your courage and initiative and trust that your valuable experience will be duly recorded as a work of reference for future generations as well as the present. G. P. Seddon, Manager, Bank of Australia.
Best of luck. C. L. Noonan, Georgetown, S.A. 14/11/23.
Safe journey and good luck. F. Alton, acting postmaster, Georgetown.
Good luck, safe return. Bill Noble, postal assistant, Georgetown.
Georgetown, 14/11/23. I had the pleasure of conversing with Mr de Brune and am only sorry that he had no opportunity to address the children. Jack T. Brasil, public school.
Being interested in country in Central Australia, near N.T. border, greatly appreciated Mr de Brune's lecture, and heartily endorse the sentiments expressed by him. Very much enjoyed his explanation of trip. W. C. Barrett, district clerk, 14/11/23.
Georgetown. This evening Mr de Brune delivered a very interesting lecture, relating his various experiences which, with many others, I enjoyed greatly, and am more satisfied than ever that the Great North has a wonderful future. I look forward to reading his articles. G. Nancarrow, 14/11/23.
Today met Mr Aidan de Brune, pleased to welcome him, and may his effort of walking around Australia be crowned with success. D. M. Davoren, proprietor, Georgetown Hotel, 14/11/23, Georgetown.
15 November 1923
Day 787 [778]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 491
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8824
Town/Locality Visited: Gulnare, Yacka
Note: To Gulnare, 9 miles. To Yacka, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr Aidan de Brune was at the Gulnare Hotel for lunch today. C. Clarke, Gulnare 14/11/23.
Mr Aidan de Brune visited Yacka, 15/11/23. Lectured at Institute. H. A. Harrison, postmaster.
Having had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Mr de Brune's lecture on his walk around Australia, I feel deeply interested in the possibilities of our great island continent, and my great hope is that some statesman—not politician—may take notice of Mr de Brune's remarks relating to our great north, and then set to work to evolve a sound policy to develop the northern territory, so that it may be the supporting and not the depending part of Australia. Wishing Mr de Brune success and health during the rest of his walk around Australia, sincerely yours. A. Oliver Badman.
Mr de Brune rested at Yacka for one night. I wish him the best of luck on his journey. Francis L. Nykiel, Broughton Hotel, Yacka.
Mr Aidan de Brune left Yacka, S.A. on 16/11/23. Wishing him every success and good luck on his trip. Henry A. Harrison.
16 November 1923
Day 788 [779]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 492
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8836
Town/Locality Visited: Brinkworth
Note: To Brinkworth, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune. Very pleased to meet him and think he is more fond of walking than I am, although [I am] fond of coursing, and wish him the best of luck. P. W. Ryan, postmaster, Brinkworth, 16/11/23.
Mr de Brune arrived at Brinkworth and I was very pleased to meet him and I wish him every success in his adventure. R. B. Griffin, m[ounted] constable, police station, Brinkworth. 16/11/23.
Mr de Brune reached this town on 16/11/23. In the evening he delivered a most interesting lecture. He spoke for two hours and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded him by acclamation at the finish. S. S. Sergeant, chairman, 26/11/23.
Brinkworth, 17/11/23. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune last night and I think he is one of the best—game as Ned Kelly—and should be thoroughly supported by all boot makers. Good luck. Tim Whitehorn, Junction Hotel, Brinkworth.
17 November 1923
Day 789 [780]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 493
Daily Distance (miles): 27
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8863
Town/Locality Visited: Blythe, Kybunga, Hoyleton
Note: To Blythe, 12 miles. To Kybunga, 7 miles. To Hoyleton, 8.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called on me at the post office, Blyth, S.A. He is looking well and still "going strong." I wish him luck in completing his long walk. A. Dodd, postmaster.
Mr de Brune called on me at the post office store at Kybunga. He is looking fit and well and I hope that he finishes his journey as well as he is now. H. Edward, B. Best; postmaster and storekeeper.
Police station, Blyth, 17/11/23. I again have great pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune at Blyth, S.A., and again wish him every success and trust he completes his journey in the best of good health, after the trying weather between Brinkworth and Blyth. Good luck. R. B. Griffin, m[ounted] constable, officer in charge.
Hoyleton Institute, S.A., 17/11/23. I hereby certify that Mr Aidan de Brune lectured on his travel around Australia after having travelled on a journey of 27 miles from Brinkworth. Wishing him every success on behalf of Hoyleton residents. H. P. Chapman, J.P., secretary, Institute.
Hoyleton, 17/11/23. I feel highly delighted in having the pleasure of meeting Mr A. de Brune tonight and wishing him the best of luck over the remaining portion of his journey. D. N. Graham, Hoyleton.
17/11/23. I am greatly delighted since attending Mr de Brune's lecture tonight in Hoyleton Institute and wish greatly to obtain a booklet after his return, at any reasonable cost, and hereby wish the gentleman every success on the latter portion of his journey. Also long years of health and happiness after completing his arduous task. Signed, A. P. Graham.
17/11/23. I heard Mr de Brune's address and was very well pleased with it. I hope Mr de Brune finishes in good health and I hope he will enlighten the government to what the Territory is good for. I wish him every success. Good luck. Colin C. Inglis.
Mr de Brune spoke here last night, which proved most interesting, as regards his travels around Australia, and I wish him luck. H. H. Ward; A. F. G. Burton, postmaster.
18 November 1923
Day 790 [781]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 494
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8877
Town/Locality Visited: Halbury, Balaklava
Note: To Halbury, 6 miles. To Balaklava, 8 miles.
19 November 1923
Day 791 [782]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 494
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8877
Note: Rested at Balaklava.
Certification/Comment: W. H. Gurr, postmaster, 19/11/23.
Mr A. de Brune called at the local court house at Balaklava at 10 a.m. 19/11/23. Going strong. J. W. B. Dailey, clerk.
Primary school, Balaklava, 19/11/23. Mr de Brune arrived here today. He visited this school and addressed the children, giving them a very interesting geography lesson on Australia. Good luck for the remainder of his trip. C. H. C. Pearson, head teacher.
Balaklava, 19/11/23. Here is to the man that is gamer than Ned Kelly. May he finish his trip with a good heart and a full belly. Good luck to Mr de Brune. W. J. McLeod, Yakka, S.A.
Balaklava, 19/11/23. Had much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune in Hoyleton and Balaklava. He is most interesting. I consider him a worthy opponent to Mr Barwell on the question of the development of the Northern Territory, inasmuch as his knowledge is primary, compared to the secondary knowledge of Mr Barwell. Sam Westover.
Balaklava, Institute, 17/11/23. Mr de Brune, who arrived here last night, lectured in the Institute this evening. A good attendance was present and were most attentive. His lecture was most interesting and anyone who may have the opportunity of hearing him should not fail to do so. His description and remarks on the Northern Territory are most educational. On behalf of the committee I wish him a safe journey for the remainder of his trip. C. Langster, president.
Balaklava, 20/11/23. Met Mr de Brune in the institute at Balaklava, giving a lecture on his trip and I wish him the best of luck and good health on the rest of his journey. R. H. Weith, representative for Parsons and Robertson.
Terminus Hotel, Balaklava. A. E. Johnson.
20 November 1923
Day 792 [783]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 495
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8900
Town/Locality Visited: Dalkey, Grace Plains, Mallala
Note: To Mr Hall's Farm at Dalkey, 9 miles. To Grace Plains, 9 miles. To Mallala, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Dalkey. Had the pleasure of having Mr de Brune to luncheon. I think he is very interesting and wish him the best of luck. Ida Hall. 20/11/23.
21 November 1923
Day 793 [784]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 496
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8912
Town/Locality Visited: Two Wells
Note: To Two Wells, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at post office, Mallala, 11 a.m., 21/11/23. Going strong. P. J. Murphy, postmaster.
Called at Mallala police station, 21/11/23. H. A. Milliwick, mounted constable.
Had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune in our hotel, Mallala. I think he is very interesting. I wish him the best of luck, and good health on the rest of his journey. R. Shaw, 21/11/23.
Aidan de Brune arrived at post office, Two Wells 5.30 p.m. on 21/11/23. H. Baker, postmistress.
Two Wells, 21/11/23. We had the pleasure of hearing Mr de Brune speak of his travels and think him very interesting and wish him a safe journey back to Sydney. Lionel Murrell, Ronald Murrell.
like Johnny Walker, still going strong. A. J. Cowan, Two Wells.
Slower than our railways but more certain of reaching there. R. T. Murrell.
I will take a chance. If the railways will get me there, they will do me. F. Quigley, S.A.R, Two Wells.
Reported going to Adelaide, 22/11/23. G. W. J. Symes, M.C. [Mounted Constable. Ed.], Officer in charge, Two Wells Police.
22 November 1923
Day 794 [785]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 497
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8932
Town/Locality Visited: Virginia, Gepps Cross
Note: To Virginia, 6 miles. To Gepps Cross, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Met on the road near Virginia, 22/11/23. A. W. Robinson, M.P. Chairman, Railway Standing Committee.
Mr de Brune called here at noon today, 22/11/23. I wish him all sorts of good luck. I hope Flannigan will give him a tip on arrival at the Imperial. P. R. Kinnans.
Gepps Cross Hotel, Gepps Cross, 5.15 p.m. Just had a call from an unexpected visitor—Mr A. de Brune who has arrived today from Two Wells—19 miles. We have the pleasure of having his company for one evening. He has related many interesting stories of his trip and may he finish his journey in the best of health and strength. When his boots wear out from walking, he will be on two feet again. With the best of luck. (Miss) Dorothy Kuhlmann, 22/11/23.
23 November 1923
Day 795 [786]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Town/Locality Visited: Adelaide
Note: On to Adelaide, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Gepps Cross Hotel. Having the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune on both his trips we wish him every success and luck to his journey's end. Distance travelled 8932 miles. Very pleased to meet same gentleman again. A. C. Kuhlmann, Gepps Cross, 23/11/23.
Mr A. de Brune arrived at the Imperial Hotel, Adelaide, 23/11/23 at 12 noon. He carried a letter to me from Allan Evans, Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, from Port Darwin, Northern Territory. In undertaking to walk around Australia he has proved himself to be the possessor of great courage and endurance. We will give him a real Adelaide welcome and a royal send-off. Wishing him the best of luck on his journey. J. Flannigan, Imperial Hotel, Adelaide, 23/11/23.
Wishing you a safe ans comfortable journey. ?. Touth, News, Adelaide.
That rather rare person—an Australian who knows Australia. Wish him the best of luck and many more years in his beloved bush country. Dudley E. Eales, The Register, Adelaide. 23/11/23.
I wish you every success in your arduous undertaking. C. T. Tomkins, The Advertiser, Adelaide. 23/11/23.
?. Holland. Met Mr A. de Brune in Geraldton and also had the pleasure of meeting him again in Adelaide on 24/11/23, (Cheero).
I met Mr Aidan de Brune in the Register office, Adelaide, soon after his arrival on 23/11/23. As I had missed this noted pedestrian when he passed through Adelaide three years previously, I was particularly keen on interviewing him. I found Mr de Brune a most interesting and entertaining gentleman who knows Aussie better than the best [rest?] of Aust. Syd Barber, journalist.
24 November 1923
Day 796 [787]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Note: At Adelaide.
25 November 1923
Day 797 [788]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Note: At Adelaide.
Certification/Comment: I enjoyed Mr de Brune's visit to our house and wish him God speed. M. A. Mellor, 25/11/23. Glenelg.
Mr de Brune, I was pleased to have met you and wish you bon voyage. Amy McIntosh, Strathalbyn, S.A.
I am proud to have met Mr de Brune this day 25/11/23. Andrew J. Mellam(?).
Mr de Brune, I enjoyed your company very much. Wish you best of luck. F. A. Woods, 45 Adelaide Rd, Glenelg, S.A.
Thanking you for the enjoyable discourse and hoping your good health will continue until your journey's end. M. A. Fores, Muley, S.A.
26 November 1923
Day 798 [789]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Note: At Adelaide.
Certification/Comment: Had a very interesting chat with Mr A. de Brune, who brought a letter of introduction from Mr E. J. MaCarthy, manager of Esperance Land Company, Mr de Brune having carried the letter on foot from Esperance—1588 miles. J. M. Genders, secretary.
I have had a short chat with Mr Aidan de Brune concerning his travels in Australia and native country (Canada), also respecting his visit to Esperance from where he has carried a letter to me from Mr E. J. McCarthy, manager of the company there. I wish him a pleasant journey to Sydney, where I understand this tour will end. C. J. Hargreaves, chairman, Esperance Land Co.
J. P. Basedow, M.D., Kent town, S.A.
Herald Office, Adelaide S.A., 26/1/23. Comrade de Brune called at the Herald office today. Looks fit. It's a pleasure to meet him. If he adheres to his present occupation, he need never be unemployed. The work is healthy and the result, if published, should be both interesting and educational. Australians know very little about their own country, and this Canadian should teach us something. H. Kneebone.
It was a pleasure to me to listen to Mr de Brune's experiences of his long walk round Australia, especially through that practically unexplored portion of the far north. Only one thoroughly acquainted with the Australian bush life and its customs could endure the great trials and hardships encountered on such a journey. I hope the knowledge gained on his long walk will result in bringing about better conditions for those living in that far outback region. Dudley E. Kelsay, hon. sec. N.T. Association.
27 November 1923
Day 799 [790]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Note: At Adelaide.
Certification/Comment: From F. P. Ward, Secretary, S.A. Branch, Australian Labor Party. Pleased to receive a visit from Aidan de Brune who is engaged in a walk around the coastline of Australia. Personally, I regard walking as a pleasure. Would sooner walk than ride in a motor car. Can understand, however, that in such a walk there would be many hardships. Very different to having meals at home. Hope to read the account of Mr de Brune's walk. Should be very interesting. Fred Ward.
I was very pleased to have the opportunity of hearing something of your very wonderful trip. Raymond L. Lean, Commissioner of Police, Adelaide. 27/11/23.
S.A. Gas Company, Adelaide. Enjoyed views very much, best wishes and good luck. (Miss) E. H. Hawley, (Miss) H. H. Nicholls, (Miss) P. G. Hicks, Thos Hunter, A. V. Andersen, (Miss) J. Clark, (Miss) J. E. Goodenough, G. S Forest, N. Butler, J. H. Sandland, W. MacLennan.
E. W. Parish, the Register, Adelaide.
John Gunn, Leader Opposition, Adelaide.
James Jelley, Leader Opposition, Legislative Council, Adelaide, 27/11/23.
W. C. Quinton, Parliamentary Library, Parliament House, Adelaide.
28 November 1923
Day 800 [791]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 498
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8938
Note: At Adelaide. Lectured at Public Library Lecture Room in evening under presidency of Dr H. Basedow, M.A. M.D. B.Sc. F.G.S. (President Northern Territorians' Association.)
Certification/Comment: Jas Ashton, R.S.A., R.D.S. London.
J. W. Kisson, Deputy P.M.G.
Alfred Seary, Clerk of Parliament, Adelaide.
It gave me much pleasure to preside at your interesting lecture tonight, and I trust we may have the pleasure of hearing you again. H. Basedow, 28/11/23.
Good luck. Tim Clough, Imperial Hotel, Adelaide.
Farewell, Mr de Brune. So pleased to have met you. Gertrude Moore, 28/11/23.
My best wishes go with you. A. McGillick, Imperial Hotel, Adelaide.
Having had the pleasure of meeting Mr A. de Brune, I wish him every success. P. C. Gillespie, secretary, Imperial Hotel, Adelaide. 29/11/23.
I was very pleased to meet Mr A. de Brune, being interested in his adventures. I wish him every success in his long trip. Eric Connelly, Imperial Hotel, Adelaide.
Adieu, my friend. D.V. we will meet again. Gertrude Moore, Adelaide.[D.V. Deo Volente = God willing. Ed.]
29 November 1923
Day 801 [792]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 499
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8951
Town/Locality Visited: Stirling
Note: On to Stirling, 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: Seen at Stirling West, 4 p.m. 29/11/23. T. Warren, postmaster.
Stirling Hotel, near Mt. Lofty. I am pleased to have met the great walker. He must be most interesting with his knowledge of humans and nature. (Mrs) L. C. Dobb.
Wishing you every success. J. T. Weidergofer.
The great walker called at Stirling West police station at 9.30 a.m. on 30/11/23. Wishing him every success. G. H. Robinson, M.C. [Mounted Constable. Ed.]
30 November 1923
Day 802 [793]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 500
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8963
Town/Locality Visited: Ambleside
Note: On to Ambleside, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: R. K .Hawksworth.
A. R. Everitt, postmistress, Ambleside.
30/11/23. I have the pleasure to announce that I took the chair at Mr. Aidan de Brune's lecture at Ambleside. J. Bevis.
Introduced to Mr de Brune, 30/11/23. W. A. Read.
D. O. Bingsley.
T. H. McDonald
A. Beviss.
Mr Aidan de Brune stayed at the Adelaide Hotel 29/11/23. I wish him every luck in the daring enterprise and I only hope he reaches Sydney safe and sound. Joseph C. Linehan, Ambleside Hotel, Ambleside, S.A.
1/12/23. Ambleside, South Australia. The bearer of this most interesting diary, Mr Aidan de Brune, arrived here yesterday after a very long and tiresome journey, not showing the least signs of fatigue. The writer, having also visited very many parts in the far north-west of Western Australia, found that the traveller was most interesting. I also attended his lecture to a very full house. Wishing him all the success he deserves to get, on his unexpired journey. J. R. Lineham, Ambleside Hotel.
01 December 1923
Day 803 [794]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 501
Daily Distance (miles): 7
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8970
Town/Locality Visited: Littlehampton, Nairne
Note: To Littlehampton, 4 miles. To Nairne, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Good Luck. W. G. Mills, postmaster.
Bon voyage et sauf retour mon cher Monsieur de Brune, B. de Gacher, postmaster, Nairne, S.A.
A fine lecture expressed in forceful, vivid and most graphic language in the Nairne institute. R. Waden, chairman.
Mr Aidan de Brune spoke at Nairne 1/12/23 at 8 p.m. William F. Knight, J.P.
Mr de Brune stayed at the District Hotel 1/12/23. The best of luck on your trip to Sydney. (Mrs) N. M. Scott, Nairne.
02 December 1923
Day 804 [795]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 502
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8982
Town/Locality Visited: Kanmantoo, Callington
Note: To Kanmantoo, 9 miles. To Callington, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at post office, Callington, 2/12/23 and lectured in evening. S. H. Koschade, postmaster.
Callington Hotel 2/12/23. Mr Aidan de Brune stayed here Sunday evening. Good company. Wish him safe return to Sydney. W. Robertson.
Very pleased to hear Mr de Brune lecture. F. Lehmann.
03 December 1923
Day 805 [796]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 503
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 8997
Town/Locality Visited: Monarto South, Murray Bridge
Note: To Monarto South, 6 miles. To Murray Bridge, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at Monato South post office 3/12/23. A. Frobes (Forbes?), postmaster.
Called at Murray Bridge P.O. 3/11/23. J. P. Bamfield, postmaster.
Murray Bridge. Called at Murray Bridge Police Station 3/12/23. George H. Thompson, sgt.
04 December 1923
Day 806 [797]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 504
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9003
Town/Locality Visited: Monteith
Note: To Monteith, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. Homberg, president, Institute.
G. R. Handley, manager, Murray Advocate, Murray Bridge. 4/12/23.
Jas. Porteous, President Murray Bridge sub-branch, R.S.A. 4/12/23.
Mr. de Brune stayed overnight at Murray Bridge Hotel, left on 4/12/23. G. D. Leahy, per C. W. J. Hayes.
Monteith, 4/12/23. Mr de Brune lectured at the above place from 8.40 to 10.20 p.m. This lecture was much appreciated by about 80 residents out of a population of approximately 250 and they showed their enthusiasm at the close. L. J. Naylor, chairman. 4/12/23.
A. D. Gunn, postmaster, Monteith. 5/12/23.
Have much pleasure in thanking Mr de Brune for his educational lecture. F. A. Naylor, Monteith. 5/12/23.
It's coming yet for a' that/When man to man the world all o'er/Shall brothers be for a' that. M. J. Threadgold, Monteith.
May you have the very best of luck until you reach Sydney. Very pleased to meet you. R. G. Threadgold, Monteith.
05 December 1923
Day 807 [798]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 505
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9012
Town/Locality Visited: Tailem Bend
Note: To Tailem Bend
Certification/Comment: W. L. Ekers, Tailem Bend, postmaster. 5/12/23
Mr de Brune attended at school today and gave a very interesting account of his travels round Australia. He is a very firm believer in the possibilities of our land. D. A. Melbourne, head teacher.
06 December 1923
Day 808 [799]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 505
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9012
Note: Rested at Tailem Bend awaiting telegram from Daily Mail.
Certification/Comment: Tailem Bend, 6/12/23. Mr de Brune called at Tailem Bend police station on the above date. E. H. Lawrence, mounted constable.
Tailem Bend, 5/12/23. Mr de Brune called here on his way to Sydney and gave a long and interesting lecture on his travels round the coastline of Australia. All agree that, from an educational and scientific point of view, Mr de Brune has been eminently successful. We wish him bon voyage and may he reach his destination with the same happy spirit in which he arrived here. S. Raymond Felton, secretary, Tailem Bend Institute.
07 December 1923
Day 809 [800]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 505
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9012
Note: Rested at Tailem Bend awaiting telegram from Daily Mail.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived Tailem Bend on 5/12/23 on his walk round Australia and lectured in the evening, and all who attended were much interested at the weary traveller's lecture of his travels of over 9,000 miles. He is a most interesting man himself and I wish him the best of health and luck in his yet 1000 miles to complete his long journey. M. R. Aldwell.
08 December 1923
Day 810 [801]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 506
Daily Distance (miles): 22
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9034
Town/Locality Visited: Cooke Plains, Coomandook
Note: On to Cooke Plains, 11 miles. To Coomandook, 11 miles.
Certification/Comment: M. E. Darwin, postmaster.
Mr de Brune arrived at Coomandook this evening and delivered a very interesting address to a large audience in the local hall. We all join in wishing him best of luck in his long tramp. Frank E. Ballard, railway station, 8/12/23.
Mr de Brune arrived here this evening, weather very hot. He delivered a lecture on his experiences which was particularly interesting. Norman McArdle, postmaster, Coomandook. 7/12/23.
09 December 1923
Day 811 [802]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 507
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9053
Town/Locality Visited: Yumali, Ki Ki, Coonalpyn
Note: On to Yumali, 4 miles. To Ki Ki, 5 miles. To Coonalpyn, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at Coonalpyn this evening after a hard day's walk from Coomandook, and was very wet, having to walk most of his journey in a steady soaking rain. John B. Rynne.
Ernest H. Potts, chairman, 9/12/23.
10 December 1923
Day 812 [803]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 508
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9071
Town/Locality Visited: Culburra, Tintinara
Note: To Culburra, 11 miles. To Tintinara, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Tintinara 10/12/23. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived here today and we listened to an interesting discussion. He has opened my eyes as to the fertility of various parts of Australia (particularly the N.T.) which I had hitherto regarded as "wild waste land." H. L. Townsend.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived here today and I feel it quite an honour to meet him. Also finding him very interesting to speak to. I wish him the best of good luck and health to his journey's end. Glen F. Day.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived safely today looking well and fit. I found him very interesting and he made us feel that we could sit all night and listen to him. I wish him the best of luck. Arthur W. Harris.
Mr de Brune arrived at Tintinara last night. Called at office this morning, seemingly fit and well. We all wish him good luck on his journey. H. Williams, postmistress, Tintinara. 11/12/23.
11 December 1923
Day 813 [804]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 509
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9094
Town/Locality Visited: Kumorna, Coombe, Banealla, Keith
Note: To Kumorna, 6 miles. To Coombe, 5 miles. To Banealla, 8 miles. To Keith, 4 miles. Arrived about 10 o'clock.
12 December 1923
Day 814 [805]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 509
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9094
Note: At Keith.
Certification/Comment: I have met Mr Aidan de Brune this morning and find him well and fit after his long tramp. We regret exceedingly that, owing to an outbreak of sickness in the town, it seems impractical to carry out the proposed meeting this evening. All the people in the town unite in wishing Mr de Brune God speed on his journey. W. Garrett, cong. Minister, Keith.
I cordially endorse the good wishes expressed above. Mr de Brune is a most interesting visitor. J. MacIntyre, postmaster, Keith.
I am endorsing the remarks of the other gentlemen and wish Mr Aidan de Brune every success on his long journey. W. B. Dermody, police constable, Keith.
Mr de Brune arrived here looking fit and well after his long walk around Aussie. May he have all good luck and arrive at his destination in the pink of health. O. H. Provis, Keith, S.A. 11/12/23.
13 December 1923
Day 815 [806]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 510
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9110
Town/Locality Visited: Brimbago, Warrego
Note: To Brimbago, 8 miles. To Warrego, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune stayed with us yesterday. Very pleased to have met him. I wish him every success and a safe return. Alice Provis, Keith. 13/12/23.
14 December 1923
Day 816 [807]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 511
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9123
Town/Locality Visited: Cannawigara, Bordertown
Note: To Cannawigara, 6 miles. To Bordertown, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Hearty good wishes from the Tatira (the good country) to Mr Aidan de Brune. Donald Campbell, Border Chronicle, Bordertown. 14/12/23.
Mr de Brune visited me yesterday and I very pleased to have met him. I wish him the best of luck on his travels. H. V. Armstrong, Bordertown. 14/12/23.
I have had the pleasure of presiding at a lecture by Mr de Brune on his trip around Australia, per boot. Information first-hand, given out tonight, must convince his audience of the capabilities and possibilities of the Northern Territory, for the peopling of the N.T. by whites—and the necessity of the North-South line, direct. I wish he may get through his trip safely and successfully. Albert E. W. Virgo, Bordertown. 14/12/23.
Mr de Brune stayed at my hotel, Bordertown on 14/12/23. I herewith wish him health to complete his journey. Bert Gillmore, proprietor.
Pleased to see Mr de Brune in our town on his walking tour around Australia. The information he will gather from his travel will eventually become an historic book and in future generations will adorn every bookshelf from Sydney round Australia. I wish him every success and trust he will reach his haven in safety, when I am sure he will be received with great pride. W. Wallace, postmaster. 15/12/23.
15 December 1923
Day 817 [808]
State or Territory: SA
Cumulative Days Walked: 512
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9132
Town/Locality Visited: Worseley
Note: To Worseley, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. E. Gleed, mounted constable, No. 168, Worseley, South Australia.
Today, 15/12/23, Mr de Brune called at the Worseley post office, S.A. Tonight he will lecture on his travels around Australia, which I'm sure will be quite interesting to all, and I hope he continues his journey successfully. R. A. Cummings, postmaster.
I have had the pleasure of being chairman at Mr de Brune's meeting here, in the hall at Worseley, on his tour around Australia on foot, and can say that he is very interesting. L. N. Wait, secretary to Institute. 15/12/23.
The flood was down in the Carpentaria swamp,/Three feet over the mud,/and de Brune camped on the bushy bank,/and swore at the rising flood. L. N. Wait, Worseley, S.A.
16 December 1923
Day 818 [809]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 513
Daily Distance (miles): 5
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9137
Town/Locality Visited: Serviceton
Note: To Servicetown, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at post office 16/12/23. L. Birrell, postmistress.
I have had the pleasure of acting as chairman at Mr Aidan de Brune's meeting at Servicetown, on his tour round Australia, and must say his lecture is very interesting. Peter H. Farrow, J.P.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Aidan de Brune's lecture. It was of the greatest interest. H. M. Timlins, J. M. Haycock.
Certification/Comment: No. 35 Gang, Vic. Railway. Had the pleasure in the company of Mr de Brune on 17/12/23 and we were greatly interested in the account which he gave us of his travels around Australia. We wish him good health and luck for the rest of his journey. Servicetown. A Bardnar, J. Norton, E. Templeton, J. Quick, R. Cunningham.


X. — VICTORIA

17 December 1923
Day 819 [810]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 514
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9146
Town/Locality Visited: Lillimur
Note: [Entered Victoria. Ed.]
On to Lillimur.
Called at Lillimur post office, K. E. Coutts, postmistress, 17/12/23. W. J Stevenson, general merchant, Lillimur.
Miss Joan Daley, Trades Hall, Carlton. I suppose you will be rather surprised to know I thought of you on this occasion. Our friend will serve to introduce you to our cousin. H. Scott, Albion Hotel, Lillimur.
I wish you health, I wish you wealth,/ I wish you gold galore./ I wish you heaven when you die,/ What could I wish you more? From a friend, John McGree, Lillimur.
Jack Arthur, Lillimur; Margaret Corcoran, Bon Voyage. 16/12/23.
Lillimur, 17/12/23. I have met today Mr de Brune who is walking round Australia. As a man he is perfect, and I would only wish to meet him on his arrival, after his tour, to compliment him on the way he has come before the people at large, and a perfect stranger. To my idea he is a wonderful man and I wish him every success and happiness in life. H. Scott.
Lillimur, 17/12/23. I am very pleased to have met Mr de Brune this evening. I find him a very interesting man to listen to, and a very able speaker—not a dull moment. James Coutts.
18 December 1923
Day 820 [811]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 515
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9152
Town/Locality Visited: Kaniva
Note: To Kaniva, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: The undersigned has met Mr de Brune at Lillimur today on his journey round Australia. J. G. Tully, 18/12/23.
Called at post office, Kaniva. C. S. Smith 19/12/23.
Mr Aidan de Brune paid a visit to this office (Times) this morning 19/12/23. W. H. Curry, Kaniva.
I have today, 19/12/23, had the great pleasure of meeting Mr Aidan de Brune who is walking round Australia. Mr de Brune informed me that this is the first police station visited on the Victorian side which, from my own knowledge, is correct. Wishing him every success. H. Mason, mounted constable, No. 6146.
Kanava, 19/11/23. I have had pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune who is walking round Australia. Unfortunately, we could not arrange a meeting, for him to lecture, but from my knowledge of him, I am sure we lost a treat. I hope his journey will be successful and wish him the best of luck on his trip. J. Scott Millhouse, Kaniva.
19 December 1923
Day 821 [812]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 515
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9152
Note: Rested at Kaniva.
Certification/Comment: Met Mr de Brune at Kaniva. Found him most interesting. Henry Francis, 19/12/23, representing Leviathan Propt. Ltd., Melbourne.
Kaniva. Met Mr de Brune walking round Australia, which gave me very much pleasure. I wish him the best of luck and good health to continue the rest of his journey. Margot M. Wallis.
Ira Griss, Marjorie Cave, Doris Beard. Good luck and health and a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Victor Prince Panto. Co.
Met Mr de Brune walking round Australia. A wonderful exploit and a boon to bootmakers. May his feet remain as firm as his resolve. Victor Prince.
Met Mr de Brune walking round Australia. Had a most interesting conversation with him. Wishing good luck to him and his exploit. Dan Mansfield.
20 December 1923
Day 822 [813]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 516
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9180
Town/Locality Visited: Miram, Diapur, Tarranginnie, Nhill
Note: To Miram, 9 miles. To Diapur, 7 miles. To Tarranginnie, 5. To Nhill, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at Miram post office, 20/12/23. H. Maddern, postmaster.
Called at Diapur post office, 20/12/23. C. Gregor, postmaster.
21 December 1923
Day 823 [814]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 516
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9180
Note: Rested at Nhill.
Certification/Comment: Called at Nhill post office, 21/12/23. R. R. French, C.A. [counter assistant? Ed.]
H. S. Wren, Nhill.
Nhill, Victoria, 21/12/23. Mr Aidan de Brune, Sydney Daily Mail, called at the Free Press Office today. Two notable overlanders have preceded him—the late Sir Ross Smith, R.A.F., and Sir Francis Birtles. We wish him health and success. Roe McKenzie.
(postscript) also Sir John Forrest. [It is not clear whether this postscript is that of Roe McKenzie or Aidan de Brune. Ed.]
H. V. Eastick, c/o Union Hotel, Nhill.
J. B. Cull, c/o Union Hotel, Nhill. Wishing you a merry Xmas and a happy new year.
22 December 1923
Day 824 [815]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 516
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9180
Note: Rested at Nhill.
Certification/Comment: Wishing you a safe return to Sydney and the compliments of the season. H. Clyne, Nhill.
Every success to the finish. H. Chilton, fruiterer, Netherby.
G. E. Williamson, wishing you a merry Xmas.
I admire your spirit and wish you every success on the balance of your trip and have found your travels highly interesting, finding a lot of my old school-day pals' signatures tangled through the travels. Sam Mohr, Union Hotel, Nhill.
Mr A. de Brune called on me today. I am much interested in the feat which he has undertaken—that of walking round Australia—and shall be pleased to hear of his success in accomplishing so great a task. E. Bound, J.P., President, Lowan Shire.
I heard, this evening, a few words of A. de Brune, which was very interesting to me, and all others who were there, and I sincerely hope that he arrives home safely to find that everything is in his favour. On behalf of Mr Scott and myself, I wish to thank him for the story he had to tell us tonight. Wishing him every luck on the rest of his journey. W. R. Dart.
Mr Aidan de Brune called at the Nhill police station. He informed me that he is walking round Australia and, by his appearance, he seems fit for the journey. I wish him the best of luck on his trek. R. Hitchens, S.C. [senior constable] No. 5041.
Nhill, Vic, 22/12/23. Mr A. de Brune, a most interesting personality, with an unique record of Australian travel. Good luck and joy in your contact with nature. W. Clark Todd.
Mr A. de Brune stayed at my hotel, Nhill. I had much pleasure in meeting him and wish him every success and good luck on his great undertaking. H. E. Watt.
23 December 1923
Day 825 [816]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 517
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9195
Town/Locality Visited: Gerang Gerung
Note: On to Gerang Gerung, crossing Salisbury Road at 6-mile, and Kiata Road at 9-mile, then on to Gerang Gerung, a total of 15 miles.
[de Brune shows: "To Salisbury, 6 miles. To Kiata, 3 miles. To Gerang Gerung, 6 miles." This cannot be correct as there is no 'Salisbury' in Victoria, but only Salisbury West, which is 140 miles from of Nhill. Also, Kiata is not on the road on which he was travelling. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: I have much pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune today who is undertaking the great feat of walking round the world, and he is fit and well, and wishing every success in his great undertaking. W. Haddow, Railway Hotel, Kiata, 23/12/23.
On the road to Dimboola. Good luck boy. A merry Xmas. A. Silren; T. McMahon; Harry R. Fisher; S. Davis; Wally Ryan; Harry Dalery; Wally Hudson, Glenroy, Vic.; George Dailly.
23/12/23. R. J. McIvor.
It has given me great pleasure in meeting Aidan de Brune on the above date, during his walk round Australia, and I wish him the best of success. From the boys of Gerang Gerung.
Mr de Brune, a merry Xmas and a happy new year to you. I wish you every success in the continuation of your walk around Australia. W. J. Cleary, Gerang Gerung.
24 December 1923
Day 826 [817]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 518
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9220
Town/Locality Visited: Dimboola, Wail, Pimpinio
Note: To Dimboola, 10 miles. To Wail, 8 miles. To Pimpinio, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: Junction Hotel, Gerang Gerung, 24/12/1923. It has given me a great pleasure to meet Mr de Brune and I found him a very interesting person. We all enjoyed his visit very much. Wishing him the best of luck. L. McIvor.
It has also given me pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune at my Hotel and I wish him success in the remainder of his travels. W. C. Wright, Dimboola Commercial Hotel.
W. Gill, snr. Const. Police, Dimboola, 24/12/23.
E. J. Shagg, confectioner, Dimboola, Vic.
N. W. Aldred, Dimboola Fire Brigade.
A. J. Cornell, Authorised news agent, Dimboola, 24/12/23.
Dimboola. 24/12/23. Good luck to Mr de Brune. T. Davis, Vic. Railways.
E. Watson, postmaster, Wail.
25 December 1923
Day 827 [818]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 519
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9238
Town/Locality Visited: Horsham, Dooen
Note: To Horsham, 12 miles. To Dooen, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Xmas morning. I have had an interesting chat with Mr de Brune and am pleased to know he has about accomplished the task of walking Aus. I may say his experiences are very interesting to listen to. Wishing Mr de Brune a safe return to his starting point and that he may accomplish the task in the best of health. Wish him the compliments of the season. A. S. Eales, Hotel Pimpinio.
Have been pleased to meet Mr de Brune and to provide his Christmas dinner, Horsham, 25/12/23. It is an honour one seldom obtains. I wish him every luck and God speed on his remaining journey and the compliments of the season. W. Lloyd, Royal Hotel, Horsham.
Mr de Brune called on me at Horsham today. I was pleased to note his moral and physical vigour, and sincerely trust he will reach his destination safely and that the knowledge gained by him will be of financial benefit to himself and great value to the people of Australia. G. Germaine, Inspt. of Police. 25/12/23.
I am proud to say Mr de Brune stayed at my Hotel on Christmas night. I wish him every success and a prosperous new year. Thomas Doyle, Dooen Hotel, Dooen, via Horsham.
26 December 1923
Day 828 [819]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 520
Daily Distance (miles): 26
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9264
Town/Locality Visited: Jung, Murtoa, Ashens, Lubeck
Note: To Jung, 7 miles. To Murtoa, 7 miles. To Ashens, 6 miles. To Lubeck, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. Davidson, postmaster, Dooen, 26/12/23.
T. O'Keefe, Railway Hotel, Jung.
Called at Murtoa 26/12/23. W. W. W. Mooney, senior constable.
W. F. Davey, Minyip. 26/12/23.
Geo. Dayble, garage, Murtoa.
27 December 1923
Day 829 [820]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 521
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9292
Town/Locality Visited: Wal Wal, Glenorchy, Stawell
Note: To Wal Wal, 7 miles. To Glenorchy, 7 miles. To Stawell, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at Glenorchy post office, 27/12/23, p.m.
Mr de Brune called on me at Glenorchy this morning. I was pleased to hear that he was quite well, and hope that he reaches his destination in good health after his strenuous journey. H. Hennery, constable, Glenorchy, 27/12/23.
Mr de Brune arrived here this morning and called at my hotel. Was pleased to meet him and wish him the best of luck on his journey. W. K. Lauder, Royal Hotel, Glenorchy, 27/12/23.
Darby Earle, Albion Hotel, Stawell.
Police Station, Stawell East. It is with pleasure I attach my signature to Mr de Brune's diary. Wishing him every success in his interesting task. O. D. J. Sizars, sgt. of police.
28 December 1923
Day 830 [821]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 522
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9311
Town/Locality Visited: Great Western, Ararat
Note: To Great Western, 9 miles. To Ararat, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Stawell News Office, Main Street, Stawell, 28/12/23. I have had the pleasure today of meeting Mr Aidan de Brune, special reporter of Sydney Daily Mail. He has cut out a couple of records and I regret exceedingly that his itinerary will not permit him to give me more of his interesting experiences. He is a "God-send" to a newspaper in search of original copy. However, I wish Aidan de Brune a happy fulfilment of his self-imposed long and lonely trek and, though late in the day, the compliments of the season and good luck. Flitwood Smith, proprietor.
I feel honoured to have the privilege of including my name in Mr de Brune's diary. Walter F. Smith.
Good luck. Hope you succeed in your task. K. Ross, Stawell. 28/12/23.
Something attempted, something done. Wish best wishes for accomplishment of long, long trail. W. A. Whitehead, Stawell Times. 28/12/23.
Best of good luck. John Simpson, postmaster, Gt. Western, 28/12/23.
I met Mr de Brune at Great Western on 29/12/23. I know Const. Hennery, who he met at Glenorchy, and I concur with his remarks. T. Montgomery, mounted constable No. 5738, Stawell West Police Station.
Shakespeare Hotel, Gt. Western, 29/12/23. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and think he has shown great courage and endurance. I have read some of the writings in his diaries and am pleased to find the names of persons I have met in past years. I wish every success and trust that he finishes his trip in good fettle. Chas. J. Reilly.
29 December 1923
Day 831 [822]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 523
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9332
Town/Locality Visited: Dobie, Buangor, Middle Creek
Note: To Dobie, 6 miles. To Buangor, 10 miles. To Middle Creek, 5 miles.
Certification/Comment: Best wishes and good luck on trip. D. O'Donnell, Ararat post office.
Mr de Brune was at the Advertiser Office this morning 30/12/23, on his way to finish his great walk at Sydney. I wish him a very happy new year and good luck. H. H. Bamfield, Ararat Advertiser.
Good luck. W. J. Tayler, senr. const. No. 4717.
Wish you success. F. J. Murphy, Chronicle, Ararat.
It has been a privilege to have a short time in conversation with Mr de Brune. I wish him all he hopes for from this tour. J. Bates (Mrs), Dobie. 29/12/23.
29/12/23. Good luck. A. Enderby, station master, Buangor.
Trust your hopes will be realised, and the best of luck. C. Brennan. 29/12/23.
30 December 1923
Day 832 [823]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 524
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9348
Town/Locality Visited: Beaufort, Trawalla
Note: To Beaufort, 10 miles. To Trawalla, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Beaufort, 30/12/23, 4.30 p.m. Mr de Brune called here—dreadfully hot day. I am pleased to have had the pleasure of greeting him but do not envy him on his journey in this heat. A. G. Evans, constable, No. 5723.
Good luck from Beaufort, R. H. Parker.
Trawalla, 30/12/23. Have had the pleasure of seeing and conversing with Mr de Brune today. A very interesting man and wish him the best of luck in his undertaking. T. W. Hains.
Trawalla, 30/12/23. We have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune this evening and wish him every success on his long walk around Australia. Also wishing him a happy new year. Yours sincerely, T. B. Pattenden, 11 Burnbank Street, Ballarat.
31/12/23. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and we have the pleasure of wishing him every success on his long walk and hope he gets to the end of his journey. J. T. Lewis.
31 December 1923
Day 833 [824]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 525
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9372
Town/Locality Visited: Burrumbeet, Alfredton
Note: To Burrumbeet, 12 miles. To Alfredton, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Very pleased to have met Mr de Brune and wish him every success in his tour. A. W. Matthews, postmaster, Burrumbeet.
Alfredton, 31/12/23. This is the second time we have been honoured by a visit from Mr de Brune on his walking tours—this occasion being his walk around Australia. We have had a most enjoyable evening listening to Mr de Brune's experiences and wish him every success to the end of his great adventure. Wishing Mr de Brune good luck and success in all he undertakes to do in the new year. (Mrs) Dorothy Finch, 1/1/24.
01 January 1924
Day 834 [825]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 526
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9395
Town/Locality Visited: Ballarat, Bungaree, Wallace, Gordon
Note: To Ballarat, 4 miles. To Bungaree, 10 miles. To Wallace, 3 miles. To Gordon, 4 miles. To railway station, 2 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called at the Ballarat police station at 11.25 a.m. on 1/1/24. A. L. Stewart, const. No. 4828.
Called at Morning Star Hotel, 1/1/24. F. A. Edwards, per R. B. McClym.
Constable Pattison away doing duty at Lal Lal have signed this in his absence. 1/1/24. F. A. E. B.
Railway Station, Gordon, 1/1/24. I have had a conversation with Mr Aidan de Brune this new year evening and was very interested in his travels as related to me, and wish him every success in his journey. Wishing him every success and a happy new year. Simon D'Arcy, assistant master. 1/1/24.
02 January 1924
Day 835 [826]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 527
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9411
Town/Locality Visited: Ballan, Myrniong
Note: To Ballan, 7 miles. To Myrniong, 9m
Certification/Comment: Ballan, 2/1/24. Good luck old man. A. C. Golder.
Ballan. With every good wish for your success in your undertaking and wishing you a prosperous and happy new year. T. M. Martin, 2/1/24, constable No. 5730.
Ballan. It is with great pleasure I met Mr de Brune this morning. I wish him every success on his journey. P. Spenser, Ballan Times.
With every good wish for your success. L. Jean Cresswell, post office, Myrniong.
03 January 1924
Day 836 [827]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 528
Daily Distance (miles): 10
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9421
Town/Locality Visited: Bacchus Marsh
Note: To Bacchus Marsh, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune called here on 3/1/24. W. J. P. Crisp, C. L. Crisp, Bacchus Marsh Express.
Bacchus Marsh police station, 3/1/24. Mr de Brune called at police station this day. Alex Kennedy, const. No. 5221.
Bacchus Marsh post office, 3/1/24. Mr de Brune called here this day. L. J. R. Pearson, relieving p.a. good luck.
E. H. Lawrence, Federal Milk Pty. Ltd., Bacchus Marsh. Aidan de Brune called here today, 3 p.m. Wish him good luck.
Bacchus Marsh, 3/1/24. Mr de Brune stayed at my hotel, the Royal, after his day's walk. I had much pleasure in meeting him. After he had a good wash he was much refreshed and his conversation was very entertaining. I wish him the best of luck in his great undertaking. F. R. A. Canning.
04 January 1924
Day 837 [828]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 529
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9437
Town/Locality Visited: Melton, Fulham Park
Note: To Melton, 10 miles. To Fulham Park, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Melton, 4/1/24. Mr A. de Brune called at the Melton post office at 5.30 today, looking very well after his great undertaking. Wishing him a successful end to his great journey. A. Ross, postmistress, Melton.
Rockbank, 4/1/24. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune on his previous walk and now on the completion of this one. Wishing him good luck to journey's end. A. Cook, Fulham Park, Rockbank, Victoria.
05 January 1924
Day 838 [829]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 530
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9449
Town/Locality Visited: Rockbank, Deer Park
Note: To Rockbank, 3 miles. To Deer Park, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: To Rockbank post office at 10.30 5/1/24. I have had the pleasure of a visit from Mr de Brune on his great walk, and wish him every success. A. Cornish, postmaster.
Cricket Club Hotel, Deer Park, 5/1/24. Mr A. de Brune arrived at hotel looking fit and well. Trusting he will accomplish his great tramp in good health. (Mrs) Dora Manning.
Deer Park, 5/1/24. Mr de Brune arrived at my hotel this afternoon. There was a large number of customers present and as Mr de Brune arrived and stated his object in view, he was accorded a great reception as everyone present recognised the task he had undertaken, and wished him every success in his undertaking and a happy and successful new year. E. B. Manning.
From a resident of 40 years. P. O. Thannary.
On our tour round we met Mr de Brune on his arrival at Deer Park and we wish him a very successful new year on his undertaking. Hoping he will arrive at his destination in good health and spirit, same as he leaves us boys at Deer Park: Leo Harkhan, A. Dodd, J. A. Goode, J. Hailham, L. R. Dodd, P. L. Dickson, A. Wilson, (The Sunshine Boys).
Mr de Brune at Deer Park. We have met him (H. Haslett and C. Pollard). We wish him every success on the rest of his journey. It is close up time and the note is very short. A happy new year to him. C. Pollard, H. Haslett.
06 January 1924
Day 839 [830]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 531
Daily Distance (miles): 3
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9452
Town/Locality Visited: Sunshine
Note: To Sunshine, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived at Sunshine, 6/1/24 looking well. Wishing him good luck in the fulfilment of this quest. W. G. Thomas.
Sunshine, 7/1/24. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune and he spent the night with us. I wish him good luck for the rest of his great journey. Troop leader, W. H. Thomas, 1st Sunshine Troop, Boy Scouts, A.B.S.A. [Australian Boy Scouts Association. Ed.]
07 January 1924
Day 840 [831]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Town/Locality Visited: Melbourne
Note: To Melbourne, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Received with much interest a letter from Arthur Woolley, Carnarvon, W.A., delivered to Mr A. de Brune 14/4/23, on 7/1/24, at Crystal Cafe, Melbourne. J. Macdonald.
I had much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune at the Carlton Brewery, Melbourne, 8/1/24. Jim Smith, Jim McHale, Tom Walsh.
Meeting Mr de Brune is really meeting a real traveller. C. R Herschall, manager Herschall's Photos Ltd, agents for Pathe, Paris. We hope to photo him again, soon.
Tom Clarke, Melbourne Herald. Best of luck.
W. T. Pike, E. W. Cole's Bookman.
With all good luck to Henry Ford's greatest rival. Max Bilton, Melbourne, 8/1/24.
With all good wishes and for future success. Yours sincerely, Madge Bilton.
Some find pleasure in singing,/Some find pleasure in talking,/But for pleasure and profit/From Jaffa to Tophet,/de Brune finds the greatest in walking. [Apparently unsigned, but could be the person below, Ernest G. Mitchell. Ed.]
With every good wish on your tour. Ernest G. Mitchell, L.R.A.M. Melbourne, 1924. [Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music? Ed.]
Have just met Mr de Brune and wish him every success for the rest of his journey. L. Newton, Melbourne. 8/1/24.
R. J. Edwards, Pathe's.
08 January 1924
Day 841 [832]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
09 January 1924
Day 842 [833]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
10 January 1924
Day 843 [834]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
11 January 1924
Day 844 [835]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
Certification/Comment: Delighted at having had the opportunity of meeting Aidan de Brune in Melbourne and was interested in my conversation with him re the prospects of settlement of white people in the Northern Territory. Wishing him a successful trip to Sydney. Morgan J. Murphy.
12 January 1924
Day 845 [836]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
13 January 1924
Day 846 [837]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
14 January 1924
Day 847 [838]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
15 January 1924
Day 848 [839]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
16 January 1924
Day 849 [840]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
17 January 1924
Day 850 [841]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
18 January 1924
Day 851 [842]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
19 January 1924
Day 852 [843]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
20 January 1924
Day 853 [844]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
21 January 1924
Day 854 [845]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 532
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9461
Note: At Melbourne.
22 January 1924
Day 855 [846]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 533
Daily Distance (miles): 23
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9484
Town/Locality Visited: Broadmeadows, Somerton, Craigieburn, Donnybrook
Note: To Broadmeadows, 11 miles. To Somerton, 3 miles. To Craigieburn, 4 miles. To Donnybrook, 5 miles.
[AdB shows day as Monday, in error. Ed.]
Certification/Comment: Wishing you every success in journey on to Sydney. Sincerely, J. Jones, Manager Crystal Cafe, Bourke St., Melbourne
Corner Hotel, Coburg. 22/1/24. Wishing A. de Brune good luck. M. Danaher.
J. A. Goodchild, cab proprietor, 75 Shaftsbury St., Coburg, Vic.
11/1/24. Coburg Hotel, T. Donnagher.
We, the undersigned, met Mr de Brune and wish him well, and good luck on his trip. E. H. Chapman, Breeze at Brunswick; R. Drummond, 37 Walsh St. Coburg; James Cameron, 31 Ewing Street Brunswick; A. E. Norrish, Henry St. Fitzroy; T. D. Carlisle, 3 Salisbury St. Coburg.
22/1/24. Met Mr de Brune outside the walls of Pentridge Penal Establishment, Coburg, Victoria. Hope he keeps always outside! Which he will. He is fit and well and starting on the conclusion of his long walk. M. J. Gannon, editor, Coburg Century.
23 January 1924
Day 856 [847]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 534
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9502
Town/Locality Visited: Beveridge, Wallon, Kilmore
Note: To Beveridge, 5 miles. To Wallon, 4 miles. To Kilmore, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: 23/1/24. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune and I think his undertaking is one of the most intrepid that I have heard of. I had quite a very interesting conversation, as a lot of the country he has been over I have gone through myself, being an old prospector and bushman. I appreciate his conversation and wish him all sorts of good luck on his weary and lonesome journey. I am wishing all sorts of luck on arrival. F. Christensen, licensee, Donnybrook Hotel, Sydney Road.
Called at Beveridge post office, D. McBain, postmistress.
24 January 1924
Day 857 [848]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 535
Daily Distance (miles): 18
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9520
Town/Locality Visited: Broadford, Tallarook
Note: To Broadford, 9 miles. To Tallarook, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: J. A . Donohue.
Have just enjoyed an interesting and educating conversation with Mr A. de Brune, regarding the past, present and future of the Northern Territory, and we take this opportunity of showing our appreciation of Mr de Brune's broad outlook of the need of an Australian spirit being cultivated. T. J. P. Aimes, W. H. Burrage jnr., Moe.
Howes Hotel, Tallarook, 24/1/24. All the undersigned pleased to see Mr de Brune looking so well and happy on his long tramp: H. W. Singleton, C.T.A.; S. Erenberg, C.T.A.; Lou Ward, C.T.A.; R, Hedley; J. Howe, our host; C. Man, C.T.A.; K. Scanlon, C.T.A.; A. L. Reid, C.T.A.; H. P. Carlisle, C.T.A.
25 January 1924
Day 858 [849]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 536
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9540
Town/Locality Visited: Seymour, Mangalore, Avenel
Note: To Seymour, 7 miles. To Mangalore, 7 miles. To Avenel, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: D. Keardon. Called Seymour, 25/1/24.
Imperial Hotel, Avenel, 25/1/24. I have been pleased to meet Aidan de Brune who stayed at my hotel and left fit and well.
Wishing him every success, and a happy and prosperous New Year. T. G. Bolton.
C. L. Broughton, postmaster, Avenel.
26 January 1924
Day 859 [850]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 537
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9564
Town/Locality Visited: Moonea, Lockley, Longwood, Euroa
Note: To Moonea, 4 miles. To Lockley, 4 miles. To Longwood, 6 miles. To Euroa, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: White Hart Hotel, Longwood. Mr Aidan de Brune called in for a short spell. He was fit and well after a great undertaking. I wish him good luck. W. Hooper.
Euro Hotel, Euroa, 28/1/24. I am pleased to have met Mr de Brune who stayed for the week end at this hotel. I wish him a pleasant time during the remainder of his long trip. S. Ryan, Euroa Hotel, Euroa.
27 January 1924
Day 860 [851]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 537
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9564
Note: Laid up with bad feet [at Euroa. Ed.]
28 January 1924
Day 861 [852]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 537
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9564
Note: Laid up with bad feet [at Euroa. Ed.]
29 January 1924
Day 862 [853]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 538
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9585
Town/Locality Visited: Balmattum, Violet Town, Baddaginnie
Note: To Balmattum, 5 miles. To Violet Town, 7 miles. To Baddaginnie, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Called at post office, Euroa, 29/1/24. H. S. Beckwith, postmaster.
I saw in the distance a young man, on a walking tour,/ he had whiskers down to the floor,/we shaved him quite clean on Monday eve/and he continued his walk in the morn. H. S. Gilbert, hairdressers, Railway Street, Euroa. 29/1/24.
I felt honoured to have had the pleasure of shaving and haircutting Mr de Brune. It was 28 months since he had had a shave, but I was lucky to have a razor with a strong handle and removed the beard, I think, painlessly. R. A. Sutherland, hairdresser, Euroa.
Violet Town, 29/1/24. Mr Aidan de Brune reported at Sentinel Office today at 2.30 p.m. J. N. Saxon, proprietor. Joseph T. Johnston, editor.
Called at post office, Violet Town, Vic. A. H. Wiston, postmaster, 29/1/24.
30 January 1924
Day 863 [854]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 539
Daily Distance (miles): 8
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9593
Town/Locality Visited: Benalla
Note: To Benalla, 8 miles.
Certification/Comment: Badaginnie, Railway Hotel, 29/1/24. I am pleased to have met Mr de Brune who stayed the night at my hotel. I wish him a pleasant time during the rest of his journey. Bryan McSweeney.
Mr de Brune called at post office, Benalla today, 30/1/24. W. R. Woolford, Benalla.
Benalla Standard, Nunn St., Benalla. 30/1/24. It is with pride I make my brief acquaintance with Mr de Brune who has almost blazed the trail around our great island. His enlightening information in regard to the Northern Territory is a revelation and his articles must compel our heads to awaken to the possibilities that rest on their shoulders. I wish him every success in the completion of his adventure and trust that his feat will receive the well-merited response it deserves. Harry Jollcott, editor.
31 January 1924
Day 864 [855]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 540
Daily Distance (miles): 28
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9621
Town/Locality Visited: Winton, Glenrowan, Wangaratta
Note: To Winton, 8 miles. To Glenrowan, 10 miles. To Wangaratta, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: 31/1/24. Mr de Brune stayed here last night. I was very interested in him and what he says about the country he has seen, particularly the North Lands, and I hope he will succeed in his mission.
George Vandenberg Holland, c/o Umhauer's Hotel, Wangaratta, The Village Dentist, 31/1/24. If you feel week, take rum, or J1OKZ (sic).
1/2/24. Wangaratta. Mr de Brune stayed at the Commercial Hotel on his wonderful trip walking round the country. We wish him lots of good luck. C. Unhauer (Mrs).
01 February 1924
Day 865 [856]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 541
Daily Distance (miles): 25
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9646
Town/Locality Visited: Springhurst, Chiltern
Note: To Springhurst, 15 miles. To Chiltern, 10 miles.
Certification/Comment: D. Gibson, Wangaratta. 31/1/24.
V. M. Mason, Commercial Hotel, Wangaratta, 31/1/24.
Called at post office, Wangaratta, 1/2/24. W. J. Boonon, for postmaster.
Council Club Hotel, Chiltern. Mr de Brune stayed the night at my hotel. We spent a very interesting and instructive night with him. May the remaining few more towns be reached in comfort. G. L. Cash, 2/2/24.
Called at post office, Chiltern, Vic., 9.25 a.m. 2/2/24. G. M. Williams, postmaster.
Mr Aidan de Brune reported at Federal Standard Office, Chiltern, on 1/2/24 at about 8 p.m. looking well and apparently in best of health. G. C. Audmer, for K.S.
02 February 1924
Day 866 [857]
State or Territory: VIC
Cumulative Days Walked: 542
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9666
Town/Locality Visited: Barnawatha, Wodonga
Note: To Barnawatha, 6 miles. To Wodonga, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: I had very much pleasure in meeting Mr A. de Brune at the Terminus Hotel this evening, 2/2/24. He looks fit and well and is to be generally admired in his undertaking, a walking tour round Australia. I wish him the best of luck and a safe journey to Sydney. C. G. Collins, relieving. officer, Bank of Victoria, Wodonga.


XI. — NEW SOUTH WALES (SOUTHERN SECTION)

03 February 1924
Day 867 [858]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 543
Daily Distance (miles): 4
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9670
Town/Locality Visited: Albury
Note: To Albury, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: I have much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune and have to congratulate him on the success of his wonderful undertaking and wish him every success for the remainder of his long journey. Mrs N. Carter, Terminus Hotel, Wodonga.
E. Barnes, postmaster, Wodonga.
04 February 1924
Day 868 [859]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 544
Daily Distance (miles): 13
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9683
Town/Locality Visited: Bowna
Note: [In New South Wales—Southern section. Ed.]
To Bowna, 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: I have much pleasure in having met Mr de Brune at Albury on Sunday 3/2/24. He, apparently, at present moment, is fighting a battle against his strength, but I hope he is successful in his ambition of being the first man to walk round Australia. W. J. Armstrong, constable.
With pleasure I have met Mr de Brune at Albury where he arrived on Sunday, 3/2/24, at noon. Though travel-stained and weary after his long tramp of 9670 miles he appears in good heart to enter on the final stage of his wonderful performance and will leave here with the heartiest wishes of the people of Albury for his success in carrying it through to completion. M. W. Miscan, Albury Daily News, Albury. 3/2/24.
Hamilton C. Mott, Border Morning Mail. 3/2/24.
C. E. Butler, Banner, Albury.
Bowna Hotel. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune and giving him a night's rest at my hotel, and glad to see him looking fit and well. I have had the pleasure of showing him a few tricks which I hope will win him free drinks for the rest of his journey. Also wishing him success, and the remainder of his life a pleasure, and that he drops dead in two hundred years time. Jos Carson, 5/1/24.
05 February 1924
Day 869 [860]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 545
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9699
Town/Locality Visited: Mullengandra, Woomargama
Note: To Mullengandra, 9 miles. To Woomargama, 7 miles.
Certification/Comment: I am very pleased to meet Mr de Brune on his long journey. I hope he finishes up as fresh, or fresher than he is now. Wishing him every success on his journey. Geo Ross, postmaster and publican, Mullengandra, 5/2/24.
06 February 1924
Day 870 [861]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 546
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9708
Town/Locality Visited: Holbrook
Note: To Holbrook, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: It has given me great pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune who has undertaken a great feat in walking round Australia. He arrived at my hotel yesterday evening and stayed here last night. He has stood the trying test very well and we spent a very interesting few hours with him. I wish him the best of health and good luck and hope for a safe return to Sydney. J. McCracken, Hotel Woomargama.
Mr Aidan de Brune reported at Holbrook N.S.W. post office on 6/2/24. S. E. Schofield, postmaster, Holbrook.
07 February 1924
Day 871 [862]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 547
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9724
Town/Locality Visited: Little Billabong
Note: To Little Billabong, 16 miles.
Certification/Comment: Criterion Hotel, Holbrook, N.S.W., 7/2/24. This is to certify that Mr Aidan de Brune, who is walking round our continent, has arrived at Holbrook, N.S.W. looking hale and hearty and I wish him every success over the balance of his wonderful journey. J. A. Grant.
08 February 1924
Day 872 [863]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 548
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9736
Town/Locality Visited: Kyeamba
Note: To Kyeamba, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Hotel Little Billabong, 8/2/24. I have found much pleasure in having had Mr A. de Brune as a guest at my hotel, having stayed here for the night on his return to Sydney, having nearly completed his tour of Australia. Wishing him every success in the future. Respectfully yours, Mrs M. Collier [Collins?].
09 February 1924
Day 873 [864]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 549
Daily Distance (miles): 16
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9752
Town/Locality Visited: Upper Tarcutta
Note: To Upper Tarcutta, 16 miles.
Certification/Comment: Kyeamba Hotel. We have much pleasure in having Mr de Brune staying a night at our place, and we spent a very interesting few hours. We wish him good health and every success on his trip to Sydney. Mrs A. A. Kirk, Kyeamba.
10 February 1924
Day 874 [865]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 550
Daily Distance (miles): 30
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9782
Town/Locality Visited: Lower Tarcutta, Hills Creek, Mundarie, Tumblong (Adelong Crossing)
Note: To Lower Tarcutta, 7 miles. To Hills Creek, 5 miles. To Mundarie, 5 miles. To Tumblong (Adelong Crossing), 13 miles.
Certification/Comment: I beg to state that Mr de Brune stayed at my hotel on the night of 9/2/24. M. Egan, Horse and Jockey Hotel, Tarcutta.
11/2/24. Very pleased to say Mr de Brune called at post office, Tumblong, on his tour of Australia. Wishing him success and health on his journey. C. W. Lawson, postmistress, Tumblong.
11 February 1924
Day 875 [866]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 551
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9791
Town/Locality Visited: Gundagai
Note: To Gundagai, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Gundagai, 12/2/24. It is a pleasure to have met Mr Aidan de Brune, a man who has "done things," and whose fearlessly expressed convictions give one food for thought. C. Louis Gabriel. M.D.
Independent Office, Gundagai, 12/2/24. Mr Aidan de Brune called at office today—walking round Australia. Wonder if he wants a mate. P. Sullivan.
Mr A. de Brune stayed at the Royal, Gundagai on his walking tour round the isle. Pleased to see him walking well. A. Hogan.
Met Mr A. de Brune at Labor political meeting on his tour round Australia, and was pleased to meet him. J. Vaughan.
Met Mr A. de Brune and had an interesting talk with him on the Territory. Parker Moloney, House of Representatives.
P. T. Loughlin. Regret that the time I had to devote to a chat with Mr de Brune was so short.
12 February 1924
Day 876 [867]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 551
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9791
Note: Rested at Gundagai.
13 February 1924
Day 877 [868]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 552
Daily Distance (miles): 12
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9803
Town/Locality Visited: Coolac
Note: To Coolac, 12 miles.
Certification/Comment: Had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Mr A. de Brune. Had an interesting chat with him about the Territory, etc. Wishing him success. Mrs Shenan, Coolac, 13/2/24.
14 February 1924
Day 878 [869]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 553
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9817
Town/Locality Visited: Jugiong
Note: To Jugiong, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune stayed at Jugiong Hotel, 14/2/24. E. A. Sheahan.
The long, long trail is nearly ended. Good luck, Lottie A. Sheahan.
14/2/24. Had pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune at Jugiong Hotel. Wishing him every success at his destination. J. S. Smith, Jugiong.
Jugiong Hotel, 15/2/24. Have had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune, who stayed at the above hotel last night. I wish him success and a happy ending to his perilous tour in walking all over Australia. Good bye and best wishes for your safety. M. A. Osborn.
15 February 1924
Day 879 [870]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 554
Daily Distance (miles): 20
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9837
Town/Locality Visited: Bookham
Note: To Bookham, 20 miles.
16 February 1924
Day 880 [871]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 555
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9851
Town/Locality Visited: Bowning
Note: To Bowning, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Federal Hotel, Bookham, 16/2/24. Mr Aidan de Brune stayed at our hotel last night. Wishing him all sorts of success on his trip. James Roony.
Police Station, Bowning, 16/2/24. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune whom I find very interesting, and wish him safe journey to his destination. R. S. Redman, constable.
Commercial Hotel, Bowning, 16/2/24. Very pleased to have met Mr de Brune and wish him every success in his undertaking. J. R. Sexton, 182 Paddington Street, Paddington.
Commercial Hotel, Bowning, 16/2/24. Mr Aidan de Brune spent a night in my hotel. A very interesting man and should be a help to Australia if he lectures on what he has seen. I wish him success. John Grace, Bowning.
17 February 1924
Day 881 [872]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 556
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9860
Town/Locality Visited: Yass
Note: To Yass, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Met Mr de Brune at Royal Hotel, Yass, on the final stage of his wonderful achievement of walking round our continent. H. H. Farrington, G.P.S. Yass. 17/2/24.
Mr Aidan de Brune reached Yass at 1 p.m. today, 17/2/24 having travelled on foot round Australia, 9860 miles to Yass. He will complete his long journey when he reaches Sydney, next week. His great feat is one that will stand as a memorial to his endurance and will be a matter of admiration to all Australians. J. F. Cuninsen, Yass "Courier."
Mr A. de Brune reached Yass at 1 p.m. 17/2/24, and stayed the night at the Royal Hotel. He now leaves for Gunning, with our best wishes. E. J. Beaton.
18 February 1924
Day 882 [873]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 557
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9884
Town/Locality Visited: Gunning
Note: To Gunning, 24 miles.
Certification/Comment: At Gunning on 19/2/24. A. Mills, Gunning
Wishing Mr de Brune a very pleasant trip to Sydney. I am writing with a pen he has carried round Australia. Telegraph Hotel, Gunning. M. Mills
19 February 1924
Day 883 [874]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 557
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9884
Note: Detained at Gunning by heavy storms.
20 February 1924
Day 884 [875]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 558
Daily Distance (miles): 17
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9901
Town/Locality Visited: Breadalbane
Note: To Breadalbane, 17 miles.
21 February 1924
Day 885 [876]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 559
Daily Distance (miles): 15
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9916
Town/Locality Visited: Yarra, Goulburn
Note: To Yarra, 9 miles. To Goulburn, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: R. McDonald. With best regards and congratulations. Kindly convey special regards to Midas Barry, Labor Daily, Sydney. Southern Morning Herald, Goulburn.
I pay my tribute to persistence. W. Keates, Goulburn, 21/2/24.
Some walk—and some don't—I don't. H. B. Whitham, editor, Southern Morning Herald, Goulburn.
Congratulations to the only Australtrotter I have met. D. M. Smith.
22 February 1924
Day 886 [877]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 559
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9916
Note: At Goulburn.
23 February 1924
Day 887 [878]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 560
Daily Distance (miles): 19
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9935
Town/Locality Visited: Marulan
Note: To Marulan, 19 miles.
Certification/Comment: 23/2/24. Very kind regards to Mr de Brune—hoping that his wish of living to see the development of the Northern Territory on the lines he advocates, may be an accomplished fact. Philip Brady, Grand Central Hotel, Goulburn.
Terminus Hotel, Marulan. Wishing all success to Mr de Brune in the near completion of his walking tour around Australia. "Ships that pass in the night." P. Conrick, 23/2/24.
24 February 1924
Day 888 [879]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 561
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9956
Town/Locality Visited: Tallong, Wingello, Penrose, Bundanoon
Note: To Tallong, 5 miles. To Wingello, 6 miles. To Penrose, 4 miles. To Bundanoon, 6 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr de Brune arrived at the Royal Hotel, Bundanoon, 24/2/24, and starts on his last 100 miles tomorrow. R. C. Terry.
25 February 1924
Day 889 [890]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 562
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9977
Town/Locality Visited: Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong
Note: To Moss Vale, 11 miles. To Bowral, 6 miles. to Mittagong, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Central Hotel, Moss Vale, 25/2/24. I have much pleasure in meeting Mr de Brune on his last lap to Sydney—90 miles to go. Wishing him every success. T. Firkins, Central Hotel, Moss Vale.
Moss Vale 25/2/24. Central Hotel Temporary Bar. I being in possession of the public bar have much pleasure in having a spot with him—Mr de Brune—and wish him every luck on his last sprint. J. William, builder, Moss Vale.
Good luck! Wish a few more folk would see Australia, even if they had to foot it. H. Lamond, The Four Nails, Bowral. 25/2/24.
H. A. Hedger, J.P., Mittagong Council, 25/2/24.
Hearty good wishes to Mr de Brune on the final stages of his trip around Australia. J. W. Loseby, mayor, Municipal Council of Mittagong. 25/2/24.
26 February 1924
Day 890 [891]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 563
Daily Distance (miles): 21
Cumulative Distance (miles): 9998
Town/Locality Visited: Braemar, Colo Vale, Hill Top, Balmoral, Buxton, Picton Lakes, Thirlmere
Note: To Braemar, 2 miles. To Colo Vale, 3 miles. To Hill Top, 4 miles. To Balmoral, 4 miles. To Buxton, 4 miles. To Picton Lakes, 1 mile. To Thirlmere, 3 miles.
Certification/Comment: Commercial Hotel, Mittagong. 26/2/24. Mr de Brune stayed here last night, he being on his last lap on "Shanks" round Australia. He can have it on his own, but would have liked to share his experiences under more comfortable travelling conditions. We wish him well in his enterprising venture and feel sure it will be of great benefit to him in years to come. We trust he will be received well in our City, upon his return. E. A. Dobson.
Family Hotel, Thirlmere, 27/2/24. Mr Aidan de Brune arrived here last night at 6 p.m. and had a long lemon squash, which he well deserved after his long tramp of 24 miles from Mittagong. He stayed at my hotel last night and is now finishing his breakfast. Is prepared to take the dry and dusty road again and to complete his tramp around big Australia. Mr de Brune is not a very big man in build but has a very big heart to undertake such a hard and long tramp for the past two years and more. I wish him good luck and success, back to Sydney amongst his friends. Thomas Sawyer, Thirlmere.
27 February 1924
Day 891 [892]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 564
Daily Distance (miles): 24
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10022
Town/Locality Visited: Picton, Maldon, Menangle, Glenlea, Campbelltown
Note: To Picton, 4 miles. To Maldon, 4 miles. To Menangle, 10 miles. To Glenlea, 2 miles. To Campbelltown, 4 miles.
Certification/Comment: Club Hotel, Campbelltown, N.S.W. 27/2/24. I have met Mr de Brune this day and quite enjoyed his playing on the piano. Cheerio. Miss Florence Munnery, Agent Govt. Savings Bank, C'town.
Club Hotel, Campbelltown, N.S.W. 27/2/24. Mr A. de Brune arrived at the Club Hotel today. I quite enjoyed the long talk I had with him about his travels. He has had wonderful experiences. Alfred Munnery, proprietor.
Club Hotel, Campbelltown, N.S.W. 27/2/24. Spent a very pleasant and instructive evening in the company of Mr A. de Brune, who arrived here this evening. He has now only 35 miles to travel to complete a wonderful walking tour, and I trust he will receive the recognition he deserves. Wm. T. Allen.
28 February 1924
Day 892 [830]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 565
Daily Distance (miles): 14
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10036
Town/Locality Visited: Liverpool
Note: To Liverpool, 14 miles.
Certification/Comment: Mr A. de Brune arrived at the Family Hotel today and we were all interested in hearing his story about his wonderful journey, and wish him every success. Miss Phyllis Cox.
Casey's Hotel, Liverpool, 29/2/24. Mr A. de Brune stayed at my hotel last night. I had much pleasure in meeting him on his return journey, walking round Australia. I wish him every success and good luck. M. Casey 29/2/24.
29 February 1924
Day 893 [831]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 566
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10045
Town/Locality Visited: Bankstown
Note: To Bankstown, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Bankstown Hotel, 29/2/24. One of the greatest pleasures of my uninspiring life has been to receive a grip of the hand from Mr Aidan de Brune. The pleasure was accentuated by the fact that I was the first member of the Labor Daily staff to greet Mr de Brune and welcome him after his record walk to the environs of Sydney. R. F. Kearney.
Hotel Bankstown 29/2/24. I have just had the pleasure of meeting Mr A. de Brune who has been walking round Australia for the past 2 years. He is almost at the end of his journey and looks wonderfully well. He is a source of valuable information and should be much valued by the Commonwealth Government, especially on his knowledge of the Northern Territory. I wish Mr de Brune every success in the future. Chas. R. Edwards, manager, Hotel Bankstown.
Bankstown, N.S.W., 29/2/24. Have just had the pleasure of meeting Mr A. de Brune on the eve of his self-imposed feat of a 10,000 miles tramp around the coast of Australia, which has occupied him for the past 2 years. The description of his journey is most interesting. I shall always be pleased to hear of his future success. J. H. MacArthur, M.B., J.P.
01 March 1924
Day 894 [832]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 566
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10045
Note: At Bankstown.
02 March 1924
Day 895 [833]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 566
Daily Distance (miles): 0
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10045
Note: At Bankstown.
03 March 1924
Day 896 [834]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 567
Daily Distance (miles): 6
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10051
Town/Locality Visited: Enfield
Note: To Enfield, 6 miles.
04 March 1924
Day 897 [835]
State or Territory: NSW-South
Cumulative Days Walked: 568
Daily Distance (miles): 9
Cumulative Distance (miles): 10060
Town/Locality Visited: Sydney
Note: To Sydney, 9 miles.
Certification/Comment: Ireland's Hotel, Burwood. 4/3/24. Mr A. de Brune arrived here yesterday on the last stage of his long walk, and looks in the pink. A really wonderful performance. He stayed here for the night and is now leaving for Sydney. John T. Ireland.
Mr Aidan de Brune arrived at the office of the Financial and Commercial Times, 9 Pitt Street, Sydney, in the forenoon of the fourth day of March, 1924. He left the door of this office, then occupied by the Daily Mail Newspaper Company, at 3.45 in the afternoon of the twentieth day of September, 1921. His journey is completed.—John J. Gay.
Edward P. Kelsall, editor, Labor Daily.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr de Brune at Darwin, N.T. He had then come through some terrible stages and knowing what was ahead of him, thought he was continuing a hopeless task. While in Darwin Mr de Brune endeavoured to reconcile industrial troubles, but failed by reason of the active efforts of certain Government officials, whose desire was to foment them. Aidan de Brune is one of the gamest men I have ever had the honour to know. J. T. Beckett, Labor Daily, 4/3/24.
I have followed the walk of Aidan de Brune with great interest and his powers of description and humour are all powerful. May his shadow never grow less. H. Barry, accountant, 4/3/24.
J. J. Gilchrist, Daily Mail, 4/3/24.
COMMENTS MADE IN THE DIARY FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE WALK
Certification/Comment: Trades Hall, Sydney, 7/3/24. Aidan de Brune visited my office today and, after hearing of his experiences, all I can say is that he has a bigger heart than me. Such spirits as he, do things. J. S. Garden.
Mr de Brune called at this office and delivered a letter, per foot, from Melbourne, and we are aware of the hardships he must have had during this walk which he did around Australia. Federated Liquor Union of Employees, F. Owen, Secretary.
Rexona Office. Was indeed glad to see you and learn Rexona had proved a good friend on your trip. Sincerely, Rexona, S.H.S.
I was glad to meet Mr de Brune when he called upon me today, after his wonderful trip of 10,000 miles around Australia. He has the heroic spirit that seemed to have vanished with the days of romance. Henry E. Boote, 10/3/24.
I was very pleased to have met Mr de Brune after his great feat in walking round Australia, and to receive from him a letter which he carried from Geraldton in W.A. to me, from Vic. Johnson.—E. Grayndler, Gen. Sec. A.W.U.
Who ever is this sunburned stranger? Ah, Mr Aidan de Brune. On this day, 9/3/24, Mr de Brune appeared on our doorstep, springing a surprise on all those dwelling within. We all spent a pleasant evening, thanks very much to Mr de Brune's beautiful playing.—Joan.
Mr W. Oliver, chairman, to Mr de Brune. Communist Hall, 23/3/24.
G. Edgecumbe, secretary, Australian Journalists Association, N.S.W. District. 17/4/24.
23/4/24. I think Mr de Brune's trip around Australia, on foot, only goes to show what Australians can do. L. E. Murnin, Press Club.
24/4/24. No one enjoyed Mr de Brune's articles on his trip round Australia more than I did. They were an education to us, tied to the city. E. J . Hill.
Mr de Brune ranks with our best and most intrepid explorers. W. J. O'Connelly, Sydney. 24/4/24.
I wish I had the opportunity of accompanying Mr de Brune on his trip round Australia. Con. Drew, 24/4/24.
F. A. Chaffey.
Such a trip around Australia should be an education to even the best of us, but I am afraid my education will have to be neglected from this point of view, unless I am provided with wheels. I'm afraid such a long arduous journey would try even the best motor car. Eric Bedford.
Stick to it, old man, and go to it. Good luck, and don't forget to punch all land huggers hard. Release the big lands and Aussie is on the pig's back. J.L.B.
Aidan de Brune,/A Champion Walker,/A good sport,/An excellent talker. J. N. Rogers, Labor Daily. 15/5/24.
A famous streamline on the Daily Mail front page: With sighs and groans, Aidan de Brune struggles on. G. W. Warnecke.
An appreciation of a wonderful walk under the auspices of the Daily Mail. R. N. Connolly.
Yet another appreciation—of your keen journalism after the walk. C. O'Sullivan, 1/9/24.
Aidan de Brune walks into Darwin and settles a strike. Another Daily Mail heading. One of the stories chronicling a remarkable walk. G. E. Kelly.
Commiseration for one of the worst treated men that ever walked, Aidan de Brune.—Chas. A. Lee.


STATISTICS FOR THE WALK

These statistics have been complied from totals appearing in the typescript of Record Journal of a Walk Around Australia, although they did not appear in the format adopted here. The mileage walked each day was entered into a spreadsheet. From these figures the total miles walked, total for each state/teritory, cumulative mileage at the end of each day, and number of days days on which he did not walk, were calculated.

De Brune was remarkably accurate in his arithmetic. A few non-material errors were made which, in total, had virtually no effect. As mentioned in chapter 4, he was as accurate as he could be with distances. In many cases he had to use his best guess to calculate the distance travlled in a day. No doubt he was careful to check his distances with the overall distance between points, distances which he found on sign posts, along railways lines or telegraph lines, or on maps. Whatever the distance he travelled, his was an epic walk. Let us not be churlish in allowing him to describe it as a walk of "ten thousand miles."

A Walk Around Australia by Aidan de Brune NSW-North QLD NT WA SA VIC NSW-South
Date started in State 20/09/1921 15/10/1921 20/05/1922 02/10/1922 23/09/1923 17/12/1923 04/02/1924
Date ended in State 14/10/1921 19/05/1922 01/10/1922 22/09/1923 16/12/1923 03/02/1924 04/03/1924
Distance for State (miles) 492 2218 1519 3849 1059 533 390
Total number of days 25 217 135 356 85 49 30
Days lost due to sickness and delays 6 92 44 137 22 19 5
Days walked 19 125 91 219 63 30 25
Cumulative Totals: NSW-North QLD NT WA SA VIC NSW-South
Cumulative distance of journey (miles) 492 2710 4229 8078 9137 9670 10060
Cumulative days of journey 25 242 377 733 818 867 897
Total days lost due to sickness and delays 6 98 142 279 301 320 325
Total days walked 19 144 235 454 517 547 572


XIII. — ILLUSTRATIONS


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Aidan de Brune in Darwin.



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De Brune at Esperance.
Cecil Hancock, taking mail to Norseman, talking to de Brune.



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Aidan de Brune's Signature.



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Cover of First Book of De Brune's Diary.



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Size of 1st book of the diary.



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Page 1 of Diary.



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Page 2 of Diary.



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Page 1 of Typescript of "Record Diary of a Walk Around Australia."


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