Driving the 810km from Leonora
in the same day, we arrived in Perth just as night fell and had no trouble
negotiating the tail end of peak hour traffic to find Marian's (Rod's
...even more remarkable...we
only had one minor altercation over navigation !
The nerds had arrived just in
time...the day before Marian's computer had spat the dummy and the monitor
had also stopped working.
Eager to get her system up and
running again, Marian promptly purchased a new monitor and Rod set to
work ...it took two and a half days...the hard drives had to be reformatted
and all the software painstakingly reinstalled.
...the legacy of the 'msbatch.exe'
worm virus downloaded with email from the Internet.
Nerd fix accomplished...it was
then time for some sightseeing of Perth and Fremantle..and to complete
the shopping list of 'when we reach civilisation' chores, which included:
- 50,000km service for the
- Warranty work on the caravan
pop top struts and bearing repack;
- Replacement zip on nylon
outdoor shower cubicle;
- Metal detector repairs; and
- Camera service and CCD clean
(whatever that is) for Rod's digital.
We commenced our sightseeing with a visit to Freemantle
and, as it was Saturday, the weekend markets.
Several hours were spent browsing the markets and walking the pavements
of Freemantle's CBD, admiring its colonial architecture and beautifully
...they certainly don't put the same effort and pride into constructing
today's commercial buildings !
* Rod's daughter Marian and her boyfriend Jeremy
Before leaving Freemantle, we visited the Maritime Museum and viewed a
replica of the pewter plate inscribed by the early Dutch explorer, Dirck
Hartog. We also found an inspection of the restored section of the raised
hull of the Dutch East India company sailing ship, The Batavia,
* Dirck Hartog
Traveling an eastward route from Amsterdam around the Cape
of Good Hope to Java, Hartog sighted and explored the Western Australian
coastline. He landed (October 1616) and spent three days exploring a desolate
offshore island that he named for himself. To mark his landing, he left
a flattened pewter plate, inscribed with the details of the visit, nailed
on a post on the northern end of the island, now called Cape Inscription.
In 1696 another Dutch explorer, Willem de Vlamingh, landed on Dirk Hartogs
Island, found Dirck's plate, replaced it with a newly inscribed dish,
and sent the original to Amsterdam, where it can now be seen in the Rijksmuseum.
Until the 19th century the coast of Australia parallel to
Dirk Hartogs Island was called Eendrachtsland, in honour of the explorer's
* The Batavia
The loss in 1629 of the pride of the Dutch East India company's
fleet, Francisco Pelsaert's Batavia, with its bloody sequel of
mutiny and reprisal, was the first of several shipwrecks along the Western
(* Copyright © 1994-2000 Encyclopædia Britannica,
Then it was off to Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, one of Western Australia's
most popular tourist attractions.
The Park offered commanding views over the City of Perth and its new
Tree Top Walk, opened to the public for the very first time, provided
great views of the Swan River and the old Swan Brewery.
Before leaving Perth we caught up with my friend Christine, whom I
had not seen for almost twenty years.
The afternoon passed too quickly as we updated each other with the ebbs
and flows of our lives over the last two decades and I left, wondering
when we would again catch up.
...It's a pity we live so far away from each other.