Here we are at Bourke
We have arrived at Bourke, but can’t find Wills. I suppose Kate knows were he is?
We have had a long day today on our search for the grave of Elizabeth Ann Furner at Bugilbone Station which dates back into the 1800s. Elizabeth is a great grandmother of our friend Tony Watt and died on Bugilbone in 1890 and it is thought is buried there. Bugilbone is shown on our map between Walgett and Burren Junction on the Kamilaroi Hwy, but this is only a disused railway siding. We drove into Burren Junction without sighting a ‘Bugilbone Station’ . So we decided to consult some locals at a garage in Burren Junction. Yes ! We were told that the Station was just a mere 20k up the road to Pilinga. Now the curious thing is that one of the locals was none other than Bill Kerr, well-known to Tony. Tony, Bill apologies profusely for not getting pictures to you of the gravestones. So we headed off to Bugilbone, drove into the property and was taken to the graveyard area by the son of the property manager. We will fill you in on some detail later Tony but unfortunately we could not locate the grave.There is a similar surname of ‘Moore’ but first initials are different. There may be some more detective work for you to do Tony.
We returned to Walgett and headed to Brewarrina where we saw the Aboriginal ‘fish traps’ in the Darling River that are thought to be upwards of 30,000 years on the go. Quite interesting! When then chased the setting sun into Burke and alas were forced to stay overnight in a motel rather than under the stars. Tomorrow is another day!