All Seasons Outback Mt Isa
45 West Str., Mount Isa, 4825, Australia
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A rare sight
After more than 2 weeks of 40+ degrees heat, the tropical Cyclone Fritz finally arrived and brought 3 days of rain and thunderstorm. The Leichhardt River was finally flowing again.
Ironically, while we were enjoying the cool weather (still hovering at around 35C) the mercury hit 41C in Brisbane and boy did they let us know all about it.
In the lead up to the Brisbane record temperature bus drivers refused to work, trains went slow, there were please for schools to close and some people even suggested new work conditions - when it gets too hot we should stop work.
The whingeing that moaned out of Brisbane in the last week, just because the temperature went over 40 degrees for 2 consecutive days, was astonishing. The caterwauling actually started 5 days before the heat arrived. The anticipation made headlines for days but when the real thing came, the media really overdosed. It was as if the end of the world were coming.
Well these people want to try working down a mine, in a sheep shed, a cattle station or on the roads in the North-West during the summer.
Funny how normally when we say it is a bit hot those in the city say we chose to live here so put up with it. Well, now they've had a taste of what hot weather is all about. They seem to forget they've many options for escaping the heat - seven-day shopping in huge air-conditioned malls, multi-cinema complex, lots of water parks, and of course the beach. Yes, we have some of this in miniature but there is definitely no beach and seven-day shopping.
Now, the South-East corner of the State has felt the impact of 41C degree heat they might be a little more sympathetic to schools in the north being air-conditioned.
Mary Kathleen Township
Mary Kathleen was initially surveyed by a mining company to provide accommodation and amenities to the workers of the nearby uranium mine. The uranium deposit was discovered by Clem Walton and Norm McConarchy in 1954 and was named "Mary Kathleen" after McConarchy's wife. The company provided the entire infrastructure including the town, a dam on the nearby Corella River (now known as Clem Walton Park), open-cut mine and treatment plant. The town enjoyed prosperity between 1956 and 1963 until it was placed in mothballs. In 1974, the mine was reopened until 1984, when due to the federal Labour government's "three mines" policy which confined Australia's uranium production to the three sites already being mined: Ranger, Nabarlek and Olympic Dam, Mary Kathleen was closed. The entire town infrastructure, including houses, went to public auction. Today no buildings remain, but the ghost town like atmosphere makes one wonder what this fluorishing community would have been like.
The access toad into the town is all sealed but is in a bad state of disrepair, beware of some very large potholes and pavement failure areas.
Queensland's Mineral Wealth. Mt Isa.
"A Productive Mining City."
Mt. Isa is located 977kilometres inland (west) from the seaport city of Townsville. Its mining facilities are one of the world's largest, and certainly the largest in Australia. The minerals silver, lead, copper and zinc are mined in the locality.
Its products are transported by rail directly to Townsville for treatment and/or export.
The old "Mary Kathleen" uranium mine site is along the way, as are the towns of Cloncurry and Chartres Towers. That area is where gold was mined in the early part of North Queensland's very colourful history. (More to be posted when ready.)
A few thousand km from anywhere significant, this may be best reached by train or bus from Brisbane or Cairns in Queensland, or by bus from Darwin in Northern territory.
From here, you can make Alice Springs, the capital of the Australian desert in a few days.
This is the site of Australia's largest copper mine where many other metals are also mined.
The town has sdeteriorated in recent years with reduced metal prices byut is still a thriving area.
"There's a large Finn community here"
"Scott, my boss said"
Now that explains why I came across so many Finn associations when I was checking out Isa on the web.
Special thanks to VT friend Hannu aka bonvoyageur for teaching me a few words in Finnish. This is what he said when I told him about the Finns in Isa, "Wow! Finns must have been real miners! Many Finnish immigrants worked for copper
mines in Michigan too! It's funny they did the same down under..."
I thought I would start with some more useful phrases. heehee
"Ei se satu" - It doesn't hurt
"Avaa suusi, kiitos" - Open your mouth please
"Avaa" - Open
"Kiitos" - Thank you
"Are you sure that's all you need to know to get perfectly along with Finns in
Isa?;-)" - Hannu
(I suppose not! So here goes...!)
Hello = Hei!
How are you? = Mitä kuuluu?
I am Vei Nee = Minä olen Vei Nee
You are welcome = Ole hyvä
I shall make tea for you = Minä teen sinulle teetä
"Haha, I think you should say thank you for them letting you to torture them..." - Hannu
(I am a good girl! :p)
Kiitos! Kiitos! (Is that how you say it?) Anyway this page is for you! Thanks!
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