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Breaden Hills
Australia

As the Canning Stock Route passes through the Southesk Tablelands region, the Breaden Hills can be seen. In the late 19th Century the explorer David Carnegie passed through this region and named the Southesk Tablelands after his father, the earl of Southesk. The Breaden Hills were named after a member of David’s party, Joe Breaden. David Carnegie was exploring previously unexplored regions of Western Australia in the search for gold and a stock route from Halls Creek to the Gold fields in the South. Later Alfred Canning used the diaries of David Carnegie to find water in this region during his survey of what would later become the Canning Stock Route.

Today not many people see this part of Australia, but for a few months in the middle of the Australian winter many 4 wheel drivers choose to travel along the Canning Stock Route. This long and isolated track stretches from Bililuna to Wiluna in the South. The route is around 1700 kilometres long and crosses 1000’s of sand dunes over several of Western Australia’s Deserts.

The trig station seen in this photo was likely put there during the government mapping programme of the 1950’s and ‘60s. These stations were viewed with theodolite from many 10’s of kilometres away and bearings were taken in order to measure angles and distances between other trig stations in order to draw maps of the land.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Carnegie_(explorer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canning_Stock_Route

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trig_station

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Uploaded: 02/11/2011
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