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A little more of bathurst, the Chifley Dam and Sofala

One Final motorcycle

Gardner Honda

Wayne Gardner's Honda (behind glass, hence the distracting reflections on the photo).

Jack Duggan's Irish Pub . . .

. . . was recommended to us in Temora, 265 kilometres away, and had completely slipped our minds until we looked across the street in the centre of Bathurst . . . and there it was.

Jack Duggan's

This place's reputation for good food is widespread so what can two hungry tourists do?

Pam and tea

Oh, the shame! If anybody should find out! Pam, in an Irish pub drinking ... I can't say it. It's ... oh, God, it's tea!
I hope my glass of Guinness across the table will, in some small way, compensate. Woman, our reputation is shot!

All Saints Anglican Cathedral

All Saints Cathedral

For a total contrast, on leaving Jack Duggan's Irish Pub, the Tour Director took me into All Saints Anglican Cathedral.
Actually, probably not such a contrast.

Inside we found the assistant organist practising and he was excellent. Not that I'm an authority on playing an organ but I stood and watched, spellbound. The original organ of 1885 was rebuilt in 1985. It has 2,000 pipes, three keyboards, heaven knows how many stops on either side of the keyboards, stops below the keyboards and thirty two pedals. I used to think I was clever to co-ordinate one hand and two feet to fly a glider. This guy was like an octopus, all ten fingers/thumbs working independently, his feet dancing about on all those pedals and occasionally one hand would shoot out like a striking snake to change the position of a stop, darting back to the keyboard before his other hand even noticed it had gone.

The organist was a really nice guy and was happy to explain everything to me, demonstrating how the instrument could emulate other instruments, change the mood from playful to funereal, boom out fit to lift the roof or become gentle, almost lulling the listener into a hypnotic state. The brochure states it is one of the best organs in the country.

Cathedral Organ

Three keyboards, innumerable stops and a floor full of pedals. How can anybody play such a complex instrument?
I told the organist that flying a Boeing 747 would be child's play for him. He said he flies a Cessna 152.

Just outside the cathedral was a park on which stood three memorials. The centre one was a tall, brick carillon dedicated to the fallen of both world wars and the Korean, Malaysian and Vietnam conflicts.


The Carillon at Bathurst.


This rifleman was commemorating the Bathurst men who served in the 1899 - 1902 South African War.
Not only a pigeon but some Bathurst wag saw fit to modify his image. No harm done, however, and
it gave a lot of people a chuckle.

Memorial Stone

I can't say who this bloke is, or the lady with the boobies one step down, but the stone was laid by
Sir Gerald Strickland in 1913. And very painful it must have been.

The Chifley Dam

The next day the Tour Director took us to the Chifley Dam which, following the damming of the Campbell River, supplied Bathurst with water . The dam was nothing to do with Ben Chifley but if you have a Prime Minister born in your town, you milk it for all it's worth.

There was nothing special about this dam. The wall had recently been raised to double the capacity of the resulting reservoir. The surrounding countryside was peaceful and very pretty, but again, nothing spectacular.

Chifley Dam

The mighty Campbell upstream of the Chifley Dam. The meek remains downstream after Bathurst has been sated.


So: the note G in the fixed-doh system.
Fa: the note F in the fixed-doh system.
La: the note A in the fixed-doh system.

Where would I be without the Concise Oxford Dictionary? Totally lost, is the answer.

Sofala is a rather strange little place relying on tourism for its existence. Why strange? Well, look at this house:-

Shingled Roof

A lovely old shingle roof and portico, both needing attention. Window shutters likewise. Then new brick walls with modern doors and windows on the lower floor. Totally incongruous! See what I mean?

Then there's The Sofala Heritage Wall which has plaques, ostensibly recording "all the families who have lived in the Sofala district." The large plaque records the names of all who lived in the Sofala district in the year 2001, the sesqui-centenary anniversary of Sofala. (Don't bother looking it up, I already did. It means the 150th anniversary.)


The large plaque in the foreground contains the names of all the residents of Sofala on 14th August 2001. Those on the stone wall behind record all the families that lived in the district since 1851. Good thing London doesn't emulate Sofala. How large would a plaque need to be to record 7.5 million names?

In fact, the only resident of Sofala that we spoke to told us that he/she had refused to have his/her name on the plaque. If that is so, as a record, it was never complete.

Old Service Station

Sofala's service station. The nearest functional pumps are at Kandos, 50 kilometres away.
Guess who was almost out of diesel, having mistakenly believed his 40 litre reserve tank was full?
Guess whose bum was nibbling at the driver's seat by the time he reached Kandos?

Make Beer Sign

Still on Sofala's main street I noticed this sign, partly obscured by foliage. I photographed it out of curiosity.
MAKE BEER I thought it said until I enlarged it when I saw it reads MAKE BEER NOT BOMBS.
The bottom characters are so faded it must have been there for quite some time.

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