A droving camp hits the road.February 12, 2013 4:02am
Driving the Newell Hwy to Queensland recently, we noticed a ‘‘Cattle Ahead’’ sign south of Jerilderie and slowed down as the cattle were wandering across the highway.
It was a large mob and as we got to the last of them, we noticed that the drover and his dog were at the side of the highway and decided to stop and have a chat; this was something you don’t see every day.
He was a cheerful bloke who said his name was Bill Eddy and he was droving the mob of 700 to Jerilderie, with his dogs, Mindy and Sox. Bill said it was his birthday three days after Christmas, but unfortunately we forgot to ask how old he was.
Bill said he didn’t have many problems with the traffic, but truckies were more considerate than car drivers.
We took a few photographs and left Bill with a big smile on his face, as he appreciated a chat to a couple of strangers. We sent Bill a birthday card to an address in Jerilderie that he gave us.
On our return to Echuca in the first week of January, we hoped to run into Bill and his mob somewhere on the Newell.
On the south side of Jerilderie we came across the same mob of cattle, but Bill wasn’t the drover as he’d taken another mob out on the Urana Stock Route, north of Jerilderie, and we decided to double-back.
We caught up with him at Colombo Creek, droving a mob of 1000 with the help of two 13 year-old family members, Richard and Eddy. He said that he’d received our card and had turned 74.
Bill was born in Albury and lives in Howlong when he’s not droving. After another pleasant chat, we left Bill and the boys and completed our drive to Echuca.
A three vehicle collision is causing delays on the Midland Hwy, Tatura
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Goulburn Murray Cricket has allocated Echuca and Girgarre with joint C grade premierships after the clubs both agreed on the proposal.
A woman from Rochester has been jailed for breaching her bail conditions.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
A Seymour man has more cause than most to reflect on the price of war.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The people of Heathcote and district chipped in more than $13,000 for the Food Friday Appeal and more donations are yet to be counted.
Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.
Deniliquin's Easter Sunday in the Park attracted about 200 people for the traditional family fun day.
Monitoring of the Murray River around the Barmah-Millewa Forest region in the past two spawning seasons has found larval Murray cod and Murray spiny crayfish in areas affected by the 2011 blackwater event.
Police are searching for a driver that rammed a Benalla police vehicle this morning.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.