There is obviously a previous article about this following story, so I need to search Trove and find it. Once again James Heneker has been mentioned in regard to Bullock Teams and his experiences. He obviously became very experienced in the field of driving these teams, a very tough job I would think, and one that involved a confident and man with a good knowledge of these animals.
“THOSE HARDY PIONEER BULLOCKS.— The paragraphs recently published in reference to bullock-teams have evoked an interesting letter from a resident of Beltana, who signs himself “Bosphorus.” The writer says that in that northern wilderness and home of the bovine the question has called forth a great deal of discussion. Mr. James Heneker, who was in charge of one of tho teams of bullocks spoken of in the correspondence, is still a most respected and enthusiastic resident of Beltana. The team he drove consisted of forty-four bullocks and not forty -six as represented, and in climbing the hill with machinery for the old Bremer Mine the
tackling was fixed to the lower and not the upper part of a tree, because of the length of the team, and by this means the hill was successfully crossed. Although the event happened over forty years ago the old gentleman remembered all the circumstances connected herewith, and even mentioned that he breakfasted that morning on poached eggs and a pint of beer.”
From: Thursday 23 Dec 1897 South Australian Register