2015.08.22 Newcastle to Armidale

A beautiful morning at Belmont – just a shame about my croaky voice

No plans to look around the Hunter Region where David’s  Pead – Whitelaw, and my Waters – McDonald – Robinson, Barden, Tulloch, McCosker, Power, Weatherstone, Avard, Callcott, Harmer, Broadhead, Hicks and McEwen ancestors and relatives had lived back in the 19th Century – some were even there in the late 1830’s. That’s quite a few family branches in the Hunter but then the area was opened up to European settlement much earlier than the Illawarra. We still have family in the area.

Then a cracked windscreen heading out of Maitland.


Stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while sorting out the windscreen repair at Muswellbrook  –   that crack started slowly and kept growing until we could fix it in Toowoomba 3 days later.

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Now there’s no time on this trip to stop at WillowTree and nor to check out our First and Second Fleeters at the Wallabadah First Fleet / Second Fleet Park.

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Off to Tamworth and then onto cold, cold Armidale up on the New England for the night. Nice old buildings in Armidale, and Dad’s cousin Doug Adams had a pub there, Tattersall’s but we’ll visit that on another trip.


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