Recently a friend asked me could he borrow my copy of Landscape & Memory by British historian, Simon Schama. In his book Schama discusses his memories and the history of natural landscapes in his familiar homeland of Lithuania and neighbouring Baltic countries. The request prompted me to look into what I had written about the Carnarvon Ranges back in the 1970s when I was still active as a Geographical educator rather than a fiction author. here is a quotation from my little Booklet, The Carnarvon Scene, written in 1974.
The spectacularsandstone cliffs of Carnarvon Gorge, ordained in splendid white, or dappled in pink or purple, and fretted by time into intricate patterns of form and line, stand like ancient fortresses above Kooramindanjie Plain. Supposedly named by the aborigines,Kooramindanjie, the
‘place of the kangaroos, is now the place of many campfires.
I took groups from Mt. Gravatt High School to Carnarvon National Park in 1966,1969 and 1972. Students organised their own provisions and did their own cooking. Camping on the plain is now restricted to Easter and Xmas Holidays and bookings are essential.
My young family accompanied me on the Carnarvon trips. The photos have faded over the years but the memories are still strong.