to Broome and Emeriau Point (Middle Lagoon)
Boab Prison Tree, located just outside of Derby.
Before Derby was established in 1883, aboriginal people were kidnapped
from the West Kimberley by unscrupulous settlers connected with the pearl
industry, known as blackbirders, who wanted them for labour and divers
on pearling luggers.
They were rounded up, put in chains and marched to the coast.
It is reported that a number were held captive in the Boab Prison Tree,
After a night camped along the banks of the Fitzroy
River, near Willare Bridge Roadhouse, we set off for Broome.
It was a strange night...the still of the evening
punctuated several times by an unbalanced bovine trampling backwards and
forwards through the leaf litter around the caravan, occasionally sniffing
it...and then bellowing loudly...before crashing off through the bush
...then the next day, about 100km out from Broome,
we were flagged down by a roadtrain driver.
When we asked how we could help...the driver answered
"could you give me a jump start thanks mate'.
Thinking he was joking, we both cracked up.
Sombre faced, he assured us that it could be done
and reached for his jumper leads.
I was still skeptical, but thought... 'what the heck'...'it's
worth a try'.
We stood around for twenty minutes or so...swapping
notes about our respective 'rigs'...not venturing into that boy thing...mine's
bigger than yours...
...'cause I had the jumper leads, don't forget...and
HE had the problem!!
Nearly a half an hour of charge surged into the big
Kenworth's four heavy duty batteries from the Prado, which stood dwarfed
beside it.. and then the driver, Chad, decided to boot it up.
The massive 600 horsepower caterpillar diesel engine
rumbled into life immediately.
...so there you go...God help the next person who
dares call our Prado a 'yuppiemobile'.