Today I found some interesting books at a bookshop in Geelong called Barwon Booksellers (www.barwonbooksellers.com.au). The staff were extremely helpful in searching for books and I bought The Snowy: the people behind the power by Siobhan McHugh and Redgum & paddlewheels: Australia’s inland river trade by P.J. Phillips. The second book has a cracker of a photo of a camel train crossing a bridge in Wilcannia with a paddlewheel puffing down the Darling River under the bridge. Located 200 kilometres east of Broken Hill, Wilcannia was the third largest port in New South Wales in 1890.
I also visited the Geelong Naval and Maritime Museum (www.mhhv.org.au/?p=2315) and the National Wool Museum (www.geelongaustralia.com.au/nwm). Both museums were quite interesting but I think the most exciting thing for me is that I am beginning to see at the museums I visit ships, aeroplanes, places and things related to each of the people I am interviewing. For instance, at the Maritime Museum I saw paintings of several of the ships Don Garnham sailed on and a radio much like the type Jean Nysen used during WWII.