Category Archives: Australia

Steam Tug Yelta

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I’d had to take a bus-load of school kids to Port Adelaide on an excursion, and while the teachers took them to various places I was able to sit on a pontoon and paint this picture of the 1948 South Australian-built Yelta, with the steam engine originally intended for a naval Corvette.

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Goolwa Wharf

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Goolwa’s the well-known river-port near the mouth of the Murray where the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival draws big crowds every second year, and thousands of holiday-makers every summer.

I painted this one on a lazy Saturday when even the old Mundoo, tied up at the wharf here, was quietly sleeping.

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Goolwa

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This is a little sand island just downstream of the barrage at Goolwa, and home to plenty of birdlife.

The barrage is out-of-view to the left and the Murray Mouth is a few kilometres away over the horizon to the right.

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Pekina Store

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The tiny northern town of Pekina has this store and a pub and a handful of houses, that’s all. I sat on the roadside opposite to paint this one on a glorious summer’s day amidst a few flies, the aroma of gum leaves and just the sounds of the bush.

Vee read a book and Phoebe (Golden Retriever and most important member of the family) snored at my feet.

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Jacka’s Brewery 1

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It’s a well-known landmark in the mid-north town of Melrose.

Originally a flour mill, it went broke and became the Jacka Brothers’ brewery just after the Great War.

Then the Jackas also had to bail out during the Great Depression when the local pubs extended too much credit to their customers and found they couldn’t pay the brewery.

I painted the roadside picture early one morning and the Council’s road gang kindly took their massive grader elsewhere until I’d finished.

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Armfield Slip, Goolwa SA

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Where wooden boats have been built and repaired for goodness-knows how long.

Currently it’s the home of a bunch of retirees who meet every week, who chat, drink coffee, build and repair wooden boats.

This boat’s seen almost as many summers as I have, and is still used regularly.

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