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under the microscope – wentworth

This week in Under the Microscope I am looking at Wentworth and there is a particular reason why which to comprehend I need to give you a bit of history of the relationship that Wentworth formed with South Australia in the 1980’s.

So in the 80’s Wentworth became a mecca for South Australian’s based on one particular feature of the town – gambling was legal.  In South Australia pokies and gambling were banned, so South Australian’s used to travel by bus to visit Wentworth and take advantage of the laws in place.  Now I remember my Nan travelling there once a year for a week or so, there were bus loads of tourists making the trip and deals aplenty to convince them to come.  The result of this influx was that the town boomed – pubs popped up, accommodation, a thriving community centered on catering to the tourists who visited regularly.

Now with all thing times changed and eventually pokies were legalized in South Australia and this obviously had an effect on communities such as Wentworth, who were making a living on the tourist trade.  What Wentworth did in response to this downturn is why I am writing this post – for they didn’t take it laying down – they realized that if one market was evaporating then another must be found to replace it and I think they have undertaken that with remarkable aplomb.

When we arrived in Wentworth I knew they had a historic Gaol but I really came to see where my Nan had visited – so imagine my surprise when we visited the petrol station and were handed a map of attractions to visit.  Now in all the time we have been on the road we had never received a map – a well designed map with directions and explanations no less, but it quickly became evident that the whole township was geared to promoting the local attractions.

I took this as a great sign of initiative but didn’t really think any more about it until we stopped at the Murray River/Darling River Confluence.  This is where two of our rivers meet and Wentworth had obviously recognized its worth – clearly signposted, facilities, gardens, walking trails – even on the island which sat between the two rivers – they had gone out of their way to make this a sight worth seeing.

The next notable thing we located was how they the township had taken a man and made him a celebrity.  Everywhere we travelled and everyone we talked to mentioned ‘Possum’ and as can only be expected we went to the park to see his monument.  While his story was one of the features they had also added additional attractions so a quick stop became a relaxing walk.

We then headed into town to visit the Wentworth Gaol and Folk Centre – which again unveiled surprises aplenty.  Now in our travels around town we had continually heard of the 1956 record floods and in each of these establishments we learnt more.  The Folk Centre even had a DVD which we sat and watched – I had never heard of the floods so I was astounded to hear how devastating they were but even more amazing was the fact that though they lasted 7 months – outside the affected communities – the population was ignorant of how dire they were.  By highlighting this tragedy, we learnt not only about the community spirit and innovation but we developed a respect for the individuals who had strived through this challenging time.

Now after all this and visiting the historic buildings there was one last place we were interested in seeing which lay just outside the township – the Perry Sandhills.  We set off early one morning with the dogs and just let me say if you ever nearby – make the detour and come to Wentworth for no other reason than to see the Perry Sandhills and the God Tree.  We were astounded, flabbergasted, amazed.  I can not describe what it is like to see these towering sandhills rise out of nothing – it is like stepping into another dimension.

I think Wentworth is the first place we have visited which has decided to rise to the occasion – it is a pretty picturesque town which has assessed its options and decided to thrive.  If you have the chance go there, you won’t regret it.

That’s all for this week,




Artwork in parklands


Perry Sandhills


The God Tree


Flood Marker


Pelicans at the Lock


Wentworth Gaol entrance




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Sunday Writing Prompt – Things Watery



The river was still rising – it had been rising for months – it would be a record flood this year, it would devour all in its path, it would leave them desolate and in despair.

He still recalled the 1956 floods, he recalled the flood waters surging up hill, he recalled the grim determination which the residents had held onto as they fought to survive … month after month.

What he recalled the most though was the aftermath – the fight for compensation.  Perhaps this time it would be fairer … perhaps this time the politicians would care.


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Saturday Mix



The invitation was forthright and direct.

Your host for this event will be John Johnson.

You will only be permitted to enter if you present this invitation on arrival.

As a visitor to this premise you are required to sign an indemnity waiver before entering.

If you do not sign the waiver you will be forbidden and turned away.


Confused she turned the invitation over, just to make sure it was what she thought, then with a frown she read the directions once again from beginning to end.

Could someone tell her when attending a wedding become this complicated?

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50 Word Thursday #7

Hi All,

Please find below this week’s picture and quote prompts.

The prompt will appear at high noon on Thursday and close high noon Wednesday. (This will be Australian time)

So here’s the rules if you wish to partcipate –

1 Completed piece must be in mutiples of 50 words – maximum of 250 words. Anything is acceptable – poetry, story, anecdote.

2 There will be a photo and a random phrase that I will take from the current book I am reading – you can use either or both

3 Please pingback and tag 50 word Thursday, so I can do a summary on the Thursday morning.  You can either put your piece in the comments on this post or do a post of your own.

Love to have you participate and here is this week’s photo and phrase prompt.


“The very next day, Carella got the fight he was spoiling for.”

From Ed McBain’s Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

Here’s my attempt for this week:

All had noticed the growing animosity, it had been brewing for a while but the sly comments, dirty looks and shoving in the corridors had largely gone ignored by the teachers, attributing it to youthful hijinks, until the day Carella got the fight he was spoiling for.

It was over in the blink of an eye, a swift upper cut to the jaw and down he went.

Whether Carella had considered the consequences remained unknown though … for he fainted dead away.

It’s not every day you deck the son of the prison warden and live to tell the tale.


Please find below a review of the pieces from last week’s prompt.


“At last, the relative had left and – as with most promised things in life – there was no soaring joy accompanying the event.”

From Ed McBain’s Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

Michael from Morpethroad – 50 Word Thursday #6 – Aunt Jean

Tales from the mind of Kristian – 50 Word Thursday #6 – The Old Days

The Dark Netizen – FLASH FICTION: COLD


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If you are looking for a challenge to participate in Cee has put a list up on her blog, which can be accessed here.