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Saturday, 24 September 2011


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

VOL # 8 Issue 4 September 2011

Congratulations Liz

Liz Flood & Sons At Her Life Membership Presentation

Liz and Sons

Co-ordinator's Report

Hi All,

What a blast it has been. Festival was FANTASTIC. It was great to finally catch up with so many of you that I had spoken to on the phone and heard about over the grapevine.
The old time dance Friday night was great and Ellen & Paul Finlay have told me that they will give me and my wife Tracey lessons next year so we can actually dance instead of standing around looking silly :).
The street parade was incredible, to see a whole town come together for one cause shows me how incredible outback Queensland people are.
A special thankyou to those drovers that took time to speak to me over festival I have learnt so much and cant wait to come back next year to catch up with you all again.
Liz has finally started to calm down ( her hair is no longer falling out :) ). I cannot believe that my 13 weeks here is now over.
A special thankyou to Liz & Colin and The Drovers Camp Association for having me here in 2012 and with a bit of luck they wont be lined up at the border with shotguns next year to stop me coming back :).
Liz will be doing the Cattle Pads until my return so keep the mail rolling in.
A Great Big Thankyou To You All And See You All Next Year.

Yours in droving,
George Peach
Festival Co-ordinator

The 2011 Drovers Camp Festival is supported by
Events Queensland


Drovers Luncheon

Drovers Luncheon

Collarenebri Rodeo

Photographic Results



A Mans Dream


Thereís a hunger deep within me for some land to call my own
Far from greenhouse gas emissions, somewhere I can be alone
Somewhere out where stars are shinning, where thereís dirt and dust and flies,
And the heat waves dance and shimmer underneath the cloud free skies.
Somewhere where you stand and wonder - is it really worth the toil
Do the days of green and plenty, balance out the barren soil?
Once the earth was never cluttered - never felt the stamp of man.
Life was rules by Mother Nature, from whenever time began.
There was food that needed water - there were plants that liked it dry-
There was balance there for living. Man said, "Let me try.
Surely life would be more pleasant, with more time for rest and fun,
Must we hoard each leisure moment till we find the work is done?"
"You must be more efficient", were the words heard clear and loud,
( They were weeds in Natureís garden, planted by a noisy crowd ).
Mother Nature smiled benignly, tucked away her secrets deep,
Kept the laws to her entrusted, knew the rules she had to keep.
Give to some, like me, the longing for some dirt to call my own
So Iíd know the satisfaction when id harvest what Iíd sown.
There is nothing so efficient that it beats the magic feel
Of the dirt beneath your finger nails, because you know its real.
When the dust clouds whirl around you, and the sky is brazen blue,
Then you know you're being tested - and thereís nothing you can do
Only grit your teeth and bear it - feel the pain and carry on-
For your soul would not forgive you, if you quit, and all was gone.
Sometimes you look and wonder, "Is that water on the plain?"
No. Its only just mirages that have fooled you once again.
But clouds are hanging, dark and low, with flickerings of light.
Technology - the weather man - predicts "No rain tonight".
But Mother Nature smiles a smile, and calls her army in
And raindrops dance with gleeful feet upon the roofs of tin.
The morning brings your answer when your feet are caked with mud,
And the waters rushing, swirling, in a chocílat, frothy flood.
And itís now youíll know the hunger lying deep within your soul
Is the force that will enable you to keep that far off goal.
Efficiency and progress are the weapons made by man
To compete with Mother Nature, but she has, since time began
Known exactly when to water, and to balance it with dry,
And to give to man the blessing of an unpolluted sky.

Thankyou to the Drovers in Attendance

Drovers in Attendance

Drovers in Attendance

Donít Forget Festival Next Year
24th / 25th / 26th August 2012

Damper Competition

1st - Stumpy Adams
2nd - Eugene Kostin
3rd - Stumpy Adams

Bronco Branding Results

Myuma Singles

1st - Red Rock 1
Catcher - Mick Bichsel
Back Leg - Tricia Bichsel
Front Leg - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Brander - Naomi Bichsel
Time - 7:08

2nd - Contractors
Catcher - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Back Leg - Mick Bichsel
Front Leg - Tricia Bichsel
Brander - John Bryant
Time - 7:84

3rd - Stop N Watch
Catcher - Fred Hill
Back Leg - Ben Trindle
Front Leg - Alan Rankine
Brander - Nelson MacMillan
Time - 8:81

4th - Rox Borough
Catcher - John Bryant
Back Leg - Ethan Trindle
Front Leg - Katie Robinson
Brander - Jason Slade
Time - 9:11

5th - Clay Pan
Catcher - Dale Saltmere
Back Leg - Tungle Saltmere
Brander - Joel Saltmere
Time - 10:50

Mt Isa City Council Doubles

1st - Mt Isa Contractors
Catcher 1 - Mel Debney
Catcher 2 - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Back Leg - Mick Bichsel
Front Leg - Tricia Bichsel
Brander - Liz Debney
Time - 9:06

2nd - Geriatrics
Catcher 1 - Gordon King
Catcher 2 - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Back Leg - Mick Bichsel
Front Leg - Tricia Bichsel
Brander - Liz Debney
Time - 11:07

3rd - Camooweal 2
Catcher 1 - Dale Saltmere
Catcher 2 - Tungie Saltmere
Back Leg - Joel Saltmere
Front Leg - Trevor Ah Fat
Brander - Hazel Windsor
Time - 4:57

CST Lady Annie Novice

1st - Camooweal 2
Catcher - Tungie Saltmere
Back Leg - Dale Saltmere
Front Leg - Joel Saltmere
Brander - Hazel Windsor
Time - 2:40

2nd - Stock Camp
Catcher - Slim Rosenthall
Back Leg - Mal Debney
Front Leg - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Brander - John Bryant
Time - 3:27

3rd - Clay Pan
Catcher - Darl Saltmere
Back Leg - Tungie Saltmere
Front Leg - Trevor Ah Fat
Brander - Howard Watson
Time - 4:39

4th - Leichhardt 3
Catcher - Mark Isaacson
Back Leg - Reece MacMillan
Front Leg - Hughie MacMillan
Brander - Nelson MacMillan
Time - 4:54

5th - Geriatrics
Catcher - Gordon King
Back Leg - Ben Trindle
Front Leg - Mick Rankine
Brander - Allan Rankine
Time - 5:07

6th - Gunado 2 Catcher - Hazel Windsor
Back Leg - Mark Isaacson
Front Leg - Howard Watson
Brander - Michelle Herbacker
Time - 5:52

Clargie & MI Produce Beginners

1st - Leichardt 3
Catcher - Mark Isaacson
Back Leg - Hughie MacMillan
Front Leg - Reece MacMillan
Brander - Taylor MacMillan
Time - 3:43

2nd - Rachelle Bichsel
Catcher - Rachelle Bichsel
Back Leg - Peter Kleinsschmidt
Front Leg - Naomi Bichsel
Brander - Mick Bichsel
Time - 4:00

3rd - Rox 1
Catcher - Katie Robinson
Back Leg - Ethan Tindle
Front Leg - John Bryant
Brander - Jackson Slade
Time - 5:06

4th - Drought Bustin Boys
Catcher - Tony Flood
Back Leg - Paddy Flood
Front Leg - Alby Flood
Brander - James Flood
Time - 6:56

Carmel Williams Best Presented Entry

Team - Roxborough

Best Working Horse

Horse - Dolly
Owner - John Bryant

A Big Thankyou To Ellen & Paul Finlay For Running The Bronco Branding & To All The Competitors For Travelling So Far


Bronze Raffle Winner - Di King From Emu Plains

Isa Florist Basket Raffle Winner - Lois Sanders

Tom Maxwell & The Blood Wood Band
"Bloody Legends"

Tom Maxwell

16/2/1939 - 12/8/2011

Born at Mallapunyah Springs to Elizabeth ( Walden ) and George Darcy, the second youngest of 13 children. Fred worked with stock all his life at Mallapunyah.


Leonie Winks Photography

PostOffice Hotel

Branded Hatracks

Dematini and Young

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