The old road to Broome

As many of you are aware, Mike Fletcher and I spend a few days recently up at Mundabullengana Station and the history there was mind boggling in many ways, but none more than the fact that the old Canarvon to Broome road went through the station property.

The above image shows what the road used to look like and just imagine doing that run in cars like the old wreck shown below. Old Dogga Thompson had an idea what make the wreck was, but I cannot recall. Any ideas anyone? As we said when we were looking around the old car, if only cars could talk and what stories this wreck would have to tell! Why was it abandoned? What happened to the occupant? How long has it been there?

On the way back along the old road a Kangaroo decided to see if he could pace us and he was doing a pretty good job of it as well!

30 thoughts on “The old road to Broome

  1. Mate that kangaroo shot is pretty awesome.. how many attempts did it take? haha 🙂
    The old car looks somewhat like one of hte old holden specials.. but a lot of the cars of that era looked similar..

    1. Hi Paul, I took a few of the Kanga but this was the best I reckon…it managed to show the speed pretty well I reckon.

      The old car was not of the Holden range I don’t feel as Dogga had a pretty strong idea that it was something I had never heard before..I will find out and let you know!

  2. You captured the roo well. I’ve tried to get a shot like this a few times but failed miserably. Mind you I’m always driving and shooting at the same time . looks like you were a passenger here.

    The old car looks like the Dodge or Oldsmobile variety. Doesn’t look like a Holden.

    1. Thanks Merv…yes I was a passenger in this instance…it does look kinda cool eh!

      I think you are close with the Dodge etc, but I think old Dogga thought it was something else. It’ll come to me!

    1. Thanks Toneman…to me the landscape apitimises the Australian outback…or possibly the Pilbara outback in any case.

      The blue skies, the reds and the spinifex as well as the anthills all are what I grew up with!

      Yep, I rate the roo shot as well…thanks Tone!

  3. Good stuff, Mark 🙂 I hope whoever went to get gas and left their car there wasn’t planning on driving it back home…

  4. Really captured the Aussie outback with those, Markie. Well done.

    Merv is on the right track. The car is American and is certainly not a Holden nor, I believe an Oldsmobile (although some of the 1952-ish cars had similar rear quarter views (is that how you say it?). Is highly likely to be:
    * out of the Chrysler group, and either a Desoto (my best guess) or the very similar Dodge Kingsway (there were a few of both cars around many years ago until the 1970’s).
    * made between 1954 – 1956.

      1. Yeah certainly not a Holden as the old Holdens all had 1/4 windows on the doors front and back with the fronts vent windows.
        I’m curious now.

        You’d better make a call to Dogga Mark.

    1. Markie, I’ve posted a comment on your other post, showing the front end. Having now seen, it’s a Dodge Kingsway!

  5. Mark, it could be a Ford from the early 1940s brought over during the war.

    Your road image really shows the reality of the outback!

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