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The official newsletter of The Drover's Camp Assn Inc. Camooweal

VOL # 7 Issue 1 March 2010

Bruce and Noel
Bruce Simpson with Golden Gumleaf Award winner 2010, Noel Stallard.
Photo copyright Caboolture Shire Herald 16 Feb 2010

President's Report

Gooday All,

At long last here I am - sorry for the delay, and as you can see from this edition it has been a sad time - my condolences to the families concerned.

We have had some beautiful rain since the 19th of December, 20 inches in total - lovely grass rain only, would love to see some good rain to run the Georgina properly - yes it is running but has not been over the old bridge yet. Hope everyone else is getting their fair share of rain.

We have be donated a thousand dollars towards buying a wagon to carry drovers in the parade at festival, so am asking other if they would like to donate too. The Camp is not financial enough to buy it for $6000 and at the moment we cannot find a grant to suit. If you would like to donate please contact me on 07 47482022 or write to me at P.O. Box 21, Cammoweal 4828.

We were lucky enough to receive $1300 from the Casa Grande Benefit Fund which will now enables us to connect rain water to our house supply. Rotary Mt Isa has asked for a couple of working bees which will come in handy installing all the pipe on one of the weekends.

Well folks until next edition all the best and trust you all have good rains.

Yours in droving, Liz

Christmas Raffle

First Prize
First Prize

Congratulations to our Christmas raffle winners. Keith and Roberta Luscombe of Pittsworth Qld, have won the African Mahogany table. A special thank you to John Cahill for this beautiful raffle prize. Betty Kiernan MP, State Member for Mount Isa has won the kangaroo hide whip. We appreciate the donation of this fine-looking whip by Bill Coleman for our second raffle prize.

Second Prize
Second Prize


Bruce Simpson, one of our oldest drovers and long time member is well known for his outstanding bush poetry. His award winning poems have inspired Noel Stallard (bush poet) to produce a CD of Bruce's works and enter the Australian Bush Laureate Awards in Tamworth in 2010. Noel was successful in winning a Golden Gumleaf Award for this CD. The Drover's Camp wish to congratulate Noel Stallard and Bruce Simpson on this wonderful production which captures the essence of the droving life. We are proud to offer for sale this historical CD which is available for $25.00 plus postage from our office. We also have Bruce's book, "Songs of the Droving Season" which retails at $20.00 + postage.


Tom Maxwell, our entertainment production manager, has been inducted into the Hands of Fame at the Tamworth festival in January this year. He has now joined the ranks of greats such as Buddy Williams, Tex Morton and Smokey Dawson. Tom told us he was very surprised and honoured with the gesture. Congratulations Tom and we will see you at the Drover's Festival!


20th - 22nd August 2010
Camooweal Drovers Festival


24/03/1951 - 10/01/2010

Robert Gibbs

One of our old mates has passed away on holidays in Thailand this year. Robert owned Phillip Trading Company which had a site at the Festival every year since 2005. Robert joined the ranks of the drovers in 2008, having done his droving in Northern NSW in the late 60's and early 70's.
He is survived by 2 children, son Sam and daughter Emma. Our condolences to his family. Robert will be missed next festival.


24/04/1934 - 14/02/2010

Ruth Leahy

Sadly, drover Ruth Leahy has left us and gone to higher pastures in February, after battling with cancer since Christmas. Ruth is survived by a son and two daughters, Francis, Susan and Christine. For the last few years Ruth has made the long journey from Goulburn to the Festival at Camooweal.Our thoughts are with Ruth’s family at this sad time.

DVD set

2009 DROVER'S FESTIAL DVD - TWO DISC PACK FEATURING - Street Parade, Bronco Branding, Mail Race and Walk up performances. Selection of Dean Perrett, Tom Maxwell and Jeff Brown performed at the festival and much more!!!!! $25 per pack + $5.00 postage.
Please place orders with Liz Flood on 07 47482022 or post cheque/postal money order with name and address to The Drover's Camp, P.O. Box 21, Camooweal 4828 Qld.


Keep the Branding Iron Hot - Bobbie Buchanan - $$29.95 + postage
In the Track of Old Bluey - Bobbie Buchanan - $29.95 + postage
Legends of the Outback - Marie Mahood - $25.95 + postage
Battlers of the Barkly - Alf Chambers - $23.95 + postage
Wind on the Cattle - Merrice Briffa - $24.75 + postage
Red Dust Rising - Marion Houldsworth - $30.00 + postage
From the Gulf to God Knows Where - Marion Houldsworth - $33.95 + postage—out of print
Maybe It'll Rain Tomorrow - Marion Houldsworth - $33.95 + postage
Barefoot through the Bindies - Marion Houldsworth - $29.95 + postage
Horse Bells and Hobble Chains - Jeff Hill - $30.00 + postage
Traditional Bush Horsemanship - J. F. Simpson - $21.50 + postage
Songs of the Droving Season - Bruce Simpson - $20.00 +postage
The Murranji Track - Ghost Road of the Drovers - Darrell Lewis - $29.95 + postage—out of print
Roping in the History of Broncoing - Darrell Lewis - $25.95 + postage
Rodeos and Ringers - Bill Crosbie - $20.00 + postage
Life's Highway - Keith Jamieson -$20 + postage
Outback vs The Wild West - Jack Drake - $29.95 + postage
Not Without His Sons - Lloyd Fogarty - $29.95 + postage
My Yesterdays - Glenville Pike - $25.95 + postage

Childrens Books

Outback Countout - Norah Kersh - $15.00 + postage
Outback Alphabet - Norah Kersh - $15.00 + postage
Grandma's Precious Chest - Norah Kersh - $15.00 + postage
Outback Songs - Norah Kersh - $25 + postage
Outback Doctor- Norah Kersh - $22 + postage


I am trying to locate any historical information on a stockman called Bronco (Bill) Smith who worked from c. 1900 - 1935 out of Newcastle Waters, Arltunga, Meekatharra and other unknown areas.
Hoping you can help, or direct me to someone who may be able to help.
Regards Joan.

Hi Liz
A message of Get Well for Ian Micheal. Trust he is up and about okay.
Also, for Lyn Cowan, there are still plenty of drovers around who knew Walter Cowan and may offer some info, as he was a top line drover and shifted many mobs of cattle extending over many years. A search of the records at the Newcastle Waters Museum, would give Lynette some of Walter's history. Someone is doing a good job there and there is much to take in that is written up there.
It was good to see George Rankine's photo in the magazine, trust he is going along okay. George did a fantastic job of bore maintenance at Alexandria over a very long period of time. He and his team could be relied on to keep the bores operating, all through the extreme heat of summer!
Saddened to see the story of Biddy and Ray Conlan. Ray was the local bookie for many years, he got plenty of my money!!
Rod Bellette

Note from Ed. The Museum at Newcastle Waters is no longer in operation and The Drover's Camp would appreciate any info in tracking down the whereabouts of the artefacts and data that was on display there. We would be honoured to have the opportunity to house the memorabilia in our shed.


10/05/1933 - 09/02/2010

Laurie Evans

In February, Laurie (the Drover's Camp solicitor) passed away in Townsville Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Laurie's passing has saddened us and many people in the Mt Isa district.
He was well known in Mt Isa, working as a solicitor for many years and was a staunch Rotarian. Laurie received his 9th Paul Harris Fellow with Triple Ruby in January, a achievement which has never been repeated by any other Rotarian in Australia.
He is survived by his two children, Bronwyn and Ian. Laurie will be missed by his family and fellow Rotarians.


Drawn 3rd May 2010

First Prize - The lovely hand knitted knee rug (approx 1.5 metres square) is made and donated by Marie Hanley.

First Prize
First Prize

Second Prize - This exquisite mounted print was produced and donated by Deb Hilton. Deb's beautiful photography can be seen on www.redbubble.com

Second Prize
Second Prize

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Please support this raffle to help us keep The Drover's Camp on the road. Purchases can be paid by cheque or money order to the address on Contact Us page.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 June 2010 )
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