In and around my time in Childers for installation and demo, I was able to spend several hours exploring this lovely small town. I thought you might like to see more of where our exhibition resides, especially those in NM who haven’t had the chance to get here yet. Childers is an agricultural community on high ground along the main Pacific Highway. It is surrounded by cane fields and other crops, in rich red soil.
The cane growing business can be seen in some of the old equipment in the historical center, and cane trains still rumble through town.
Cattle feature heavily in rural Australia, just like NM, and they’re not shy about eating beef here. (Although the town has a Vietnamese restaurant, pizzeria, and a new Subway’s sandwich shop.)
You know you are in an Aggie town when the animals come to school….look familiar to those who’ve been to NMSU?
I’m not sure I want to know about a type of therapy that applies to both horses and people!
What we know as pick-up trucks in the States are called “utes” (utility truck) here. They’ve been around for a while and are the vehicle of choice in farm country. Usually heavily reinforced up front for fending off kangaroo strikes on the roads.
One thing I really enjoy about Childers are the people. There are wonderful Okkers wandering the pathways, frequently stopping to chat with a neighbor. It warmed my heart to see so many elderly farm couples walking hand in hand, indeed this show of affection among older spouses was the norm.
(Anyone notice the gallery sign in the background?)