A Comprehensive History of the Canning Stock Route
The Canning Stock Route was one of the longest Stock Routes in the world, and certainly the most remote. It crosses two thousand kilometres of the Great Sandy Desert, the Little Sandy Desert and large portions of the Gibson Desert from Halls Creek in the Kimberley, south to the goldfields. Between 1906 and 1910 Surveyor A.W. Canning and his party surveyed the route and constructed a series of wells, one day’s travel apart for a mob of cattle.
Work Completed, Canning is the story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the stock route.
Original historical documents are combined with oral history in a narrative that covers the origins of the stock route, surveying, construction of the wells, droving, deaths and murders, exploration and prospecting, well restoration, identities and adventurers, place name origins and tourism.
This new volume features photographs, maps, exploration and droving journals that have never been published before. Mysteries of the stock route are solved, and long held beliefs and myths corrected. Phil Bianchi’s research is complemented by Appendixes on flora, fauna and pasture.
This heavily referenced and comprehensively indexed book is destined to become the definitive history of the Canning Stock Route and will appeal to general and professional readers, historians, anthropologists, scientists, family history researchers, local shires, tour companies, tourists and CSR travellers.