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Afternoon tea with the Governor for the drovers

Media Release: 7 May 2014

The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency, Dr Penelope Wensley AC, is arriving in Aramac at 3 pm on Friday 9 May and will enjoy afternoon tea on the Harry Redford Cattle Drive.

Drive organiser Gary Peoples said that everyone is looking forward to meeting the Governor.

“It is a great honour that she has chosen to visit our event and meet the volunteers and participants. We are reliving an important chapter in the development of the beef industry in our region and Queensland, so it is fantastic and appropriate that she will be celebrating this with us.

“After six days of droving we’ll be hot, tired and dusty, so afternoon tea with the Governor will be a pleasant change,” he said

The Drive kicked-off at Lake Dunn on Sunday with 21 adventure seeking guest drovers from all over Australia and overseas eager to participate in a fair dinkum outback droving experience.


Background Information:

The Harry Redford Cattle Drive runs each year over 19 days, with a herd of more than 600 head of cattle travelling 200 kilometres from Lake Dunn, through Aramac to Barcaldine and back to Myross.

The event relives one of the greatest cattle duffing drives carried out by the infamous Harry Redford, commonly known as Captain Starlight, who stole around 1,000 head of cattle from the Aramac area and drove them over 800 miles to South Australia. The path he took opened up unchartered territory and is now known as the Strzelecki Track.


Media Contact:

Deanne Chetty, Regional Events Coordinator,
Barcaldine Regional Council
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