At what point is an object, action, document or place deemed ‘historic’ – and therefore worthy of recognition and/or preservation?
Sometimes we realise the significance too late and tangible symbols of our heritage are lost forever. Australia’s relatively short record of non-indigenous exploration doesn’t make us immune from failing to recognise the importance, or worse – forgetting – what shaped our country.
So I was thrilled to spot the sign on this massive River Red Gum at Wentworth’s Riverbend Caravan Park marking the spot where explorer Charles Sturt celebrated his discovery of the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers! At least here the memory of this historic event has been preserved!!
Looking across the Darling River to the historic spot on the other side
But in a bravely pre-emptive strike, another more recent historic event is immortalised on the other side of the tree!
Although only 12 years have elapsed since this amazing feat took place, the participants aren’t leaving recognition of their bravery and daring to chance – or faulty memory!!
Hysterical sign, Wentworth, New South Wales
Isn’t it a relief to know that future generations of Aussie kids will know EXACTLY what happened in this spot??!!