Colin’s bike at Cooper’s Creek
Posted at 7:26 pm by heneker52, on October 10, 2021
Cooper’s Creek is about 10 km from Windorah in Queensland. There is a concrete bridge across the Cooper now…I have to assume that this photograph was taken of Colin’s bike (probably by Colin himself, as he was such an avid photographer of all things) and is at the old bridge crossing the Cooper near Windorah.? This is such a wonderful photograph, as now, if you look online you will find photo’s of the area with large caravans, 4WDs and people!!! Back in probably the 30s and 40s this would surely been what you would have seen, even in the 1960s and 1970s. If only most of Colin’s photographs, lost in the awful fire that burned down his tin shed home, had survived. What a fantastic visual history we would have had of this magnificent part of Australia.
Thank you to the wonderful Bruce Scott of Windorah, who sent me this photograph.
Colin Reed’s bike at Coopers Creek circa 1920’s to 1930’s
I previously worked as a Library Technician at the State Library of South Australia and then Noarlunga Library Services. I was lucky enough to work at the State Library in the Archives department, which is now a separate entity and housed at a suburban site. I've always loved English and Australian history, and began my Heneker family history in about 1980, before the advent of the internet, and now o with so many digitised records online there is a treasure chest of information out there, and it just keeps growing. One of the most wonderful treasures we have here in Australia is the Trove website, the free digitised newspapers of nearly every place in Australia, provided for free by the National Library of Australia. This has opened up so much day to day information for people searching for further information about their ancestors. I chose to write a blog as a way for me to put down a lot of information I had that wasn't necessarily easy to slot into a "family tree" as such. And I wanted to record some of the stories of the Heneker clan, and especially James Heneker (1826-1917) who arrived in South Australia as a 12 year old boy with his family. Like most of us in the genealogy community I have become obsessed and this is a never ending story. The community of bloggers, and also Facebook specialist pages has allowed me and many of us to learn from each other, and to use some of the many amazing tools that are out there now for us to use and enhance our research. My one wish?? dad Neville Laurence Heneker 1929 - 1987, this is for you, for all the things you told me, and the stories you related, often when we were up north in the Flinders Ranges, at Beltana, Hawker, Blinman and many other amazing places. I wish you were here, so I could share all this new information that has come to light. And of course for you Pa (Laurence Douglas Heneker), your stories were incredible and watching you sleep out under the stars at Arkaroola with a rock for your pillow is an image I will never forget. Oh if only we had digital cameras back then...I think of you both every time I write my words and read my books. I love you both.