05.05.2012 - 05.05.2012 31 °C
Halls Creek is an interesting small town in the heart of the Kimberley. Gold was discovered here in 1885 and somehow it remonds me of my childhood hometown Barberton, South Africa where gold was discovered in 1884. The gold rush in Halls Creek lasted less than 3 months but the 1 kilogram gold nugget that Charlie Hall found sealed the history of the town.
Russian Jack (Ivan Fredericks) is a famous character from this short gold rush. His friend fell ill and he pushed him in a crude wheelbarrow more than 300 kilometers through the Sandy Desert to get him to a hospital in Wyndham. This is a wonderful story of Australian mateship and there is a statue of him in the town.
Halls Creek is a dry town, the same as Fitzroy Crossing. No alcohol is sold here except low alcohol (2%) beer. The local supermarket sells South African rusks and I stocked up again when we travelled through it on the way back to Fitzroy Crossing.