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Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby whynotwalk » Sun 27 Mar, 2011 6:02 pm

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A rusting plough at Gordonvale
G'day again. Here's the second part of a series of blog posts about Lake Rhona, the Vale of Rasselas, and more. This time it's all about Gordonvale. Happy reading,

http://auntyscuttle.blogspot.com/2011/03/returning-to-rhona-2.html

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby stepbystep » Sun 27 Mar, 2011 7:45 pm

Very nice Peter, Ernie's story and that of his mates is one I'm keen to explore in other formats.

It's a tale that will not be lost, Chris Whisby's ABC weekend program regularly scrapes the surface. Thanks for sharing it here.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Thu 31 Mar, 2011 10:47 pm

Here are a few photos from the Launceston Walking Club's old photo albums from the 1950's.

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Ernie Bond


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Gordonvale in the 1950's.


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Adamsfield Track 1955
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby whynotwalk » Fri 01 Apr, 2011 8:16 am

Thanks Ian - great photos. We won't see his like again!

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby flyfisher » Fri 13 May, 2011 6:59 pm

Fascinating, love those old pics and the story they tell. :D

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Sun 15 May, 2011 2:28 pm

flyfisher wrote:Fascinating, love those old pics and the story they tell. :D

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A copy of the Launceston Walking Club's 40th anniversary Langana Magazine publication from 1986 has recently come into my possession from an old club member. Looking through it today, I thought this article "The Legacy of Gordonvale" was worthy of a wider audience on the forum, so have included it in this thread.

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby whynotwalk » Sun 15 May, 2011 5:59 pm

Fantastic Ian - many thanks for sharing this. Where, how and why we walk often depends a lot on characters such as Ernie. It's great to have another glimpse of the man,

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby stepbystep » Sun 15 May, 2011 6:28 pm

whynotwalk wrote:Fantastic Ian - many thanks for sharing this. Where, how and why we walk often depends a lot on characters such as Ernie. It's great to have another glimpse of the man,


+1, thanks Ian, great to hear a bushwalkers recollection and also the humility evident, through his observations re. apathy. Food for thought....
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby flyfisher » Sun 15 May, 2011 8:53 pm

Ian, thanks heaps for that.

It's a great pity that although a good outline of the stories of these old timers is known, there doesn't seem to be much in depth knowlege of their history.

I bet old Ernie could tell a good snake story or two, or tales of leaches or devils or ....... Great yarns but not recorded.

There are a lot of characters from the central highlands that have passed on without their tales being recorded.

Simon Cubit and Ned Terry have put together some interesting CD's and books but a lot more could be done I'm sure.

Anyway we are greatfull for that interesting story about Ernie.

K & R.Gowaland's books, A trampled wilderness and Adamsfield the town that lived and died also have references to Ernie.

I remember seeing him at his fruit stall at Austins ferry when I was very young and he was a giant of a man.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Tue 17 May, 2011 10:52 pm

While looking through some early LWC "Skyline" magazines today, I found an earlier article about "Gordon Vale" by Keith Lancaster, published in Skyline No. 2 in 1952. It contains a great story about Ernie Bond's famous hospitality to bushwalkers.

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby flyfisher » Wed 18 May, 2011 6:31 am

Excellent story and pics Ian, thanks for sharing. :D :D
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Wed 01 Feb, 2012 10:57 pm

While looking for something unrelated, I found this ABC Radio Program presented by Chris Wisbey on 16/05/2010 about Ernie Bond and Gordonvale. Very interesting interviews with people who met Ernie and enjoyed his famous hospitality. http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2010/0 ... nvale.html
Some pictures of remnants of Gordonvale are in the same ABC Blog here - http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2011/0 ... t_weekends

Also found that there is an old thread from 2008 on the same topic here with other information. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371&p=11045
Perhaps our mods might look at combining them to keep all this valuable info together.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby Stibb » Thu 02 Feb, 2012 9:33 am

I first visited Gordonvale in the early 1970's. Much of the old homestead and some of the outbuildings were still standing, although delapidated. On my next visit in 1981, the homestead was approaching the end of its days. The buildings had partially collapsed.

On my last visit in 1985 the old homestead had completely collapsed. A few of Ernie's jam jars and some rusty farm implements remained. Not an appropriate memorial to the "Prince of Rasselas".


What a shame to let this happen :(
Weren't the clubs doing anything at all to try to keep the place up. As I understand it, the place was regularly used by walkers even after Ernie left. What's the story about this?
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby stepbystep » Thu 02 Feb, 2012 4:50 pm

Hey Stibb,

Might be a case of the old Nth-Sth divide? LWC and HWC not working together well enough to actually get the job done?
It's a pity the old home is gone, but Ernie's legacy isn't forgotten and I have a feeling the old characters of the Tassie bush will be well remembered, and there are many of them....

Gordonvale is still worth visiting and even though there is less to see there is more to be imagined.....

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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby Stibb » Thu 02 Feb, 2012 6:15 pm

You might be right, I wouldn't know. There is so much in the history of Tasmania that I've just learned, and still learning about. Very sad things and sometimes very appalling. This is very sad but I guess the best thing to do is to learn as much as possible and make sure the history is not forgotten.

I'll get there one day for sure :)

And thanks to the old timers for sharing their experiences and stories (in general, not only on this topic). As a newcomer, I really appreciate it.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Sat 09 Jun, 2012 11:12 pm

Here's a photo of Gordonvale in the 1970's that I found on the web, and added to this thread in case the link breaks one day.
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/41904791?tag=Tasmania
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Postby tas-man » Sat 09 Jun, 2012 11:20 pm

Here's another photo from the same source as the one above showing the original flying fox across the Gordon River on the track to Gordonvale.
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Postby Swifty » Sun 10 Jun, 2012 2:36 am

Good one tas-man, thanks for posting.
I went across that flying fox in Jan 1980, it was still functioning then.
Gordonvale at that time was in the last stages of dilapidation.
Wonderful memories of those times.
Does anyone know who bought Gordonvale in the recent Pollin estate sell-off?
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby tas-man » Thu 19 Sep, 2013 12:16 pm

Last year the LWC decided to donate all of its records up to 2005 to the Queen Victoria Museum's Community History Series. In the process of recording and collating our records, we were unable to locate the club's Log Books Nos. 1 & 2 and no one seemed to know what had happened to them. However, in July this year, quite by accident, an unlabelled carton of LWC records was discovered in the Museum's store rooms which contained these log books as well as early membership, meeting and financial records. We believe that they were deposited by the club's first president Brian Plomley who was the Museum director for some years. In Log Book No. 1 is the record of a club trip to Gordonvale in December 1951 and there are three photos attached to the report. Here they are to add to the story in this thread.

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Ernie Bond clearing for Gordonvale in 1939.
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Postby tas-man » Thu 19 Sep, 2013 12:21 pm

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Ernie Bond, taken on LWC trip Christmas 1951.
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Postby tas-man » Thu 19 Sep, 2013 12:23 pm

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Gordonvale in 1939.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby whynotwalk » Fri 20 Sep, 2013 8:08 am

Great stuff Ian - thanks for posting this!

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Postby Mountain Rocket » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 11:34 am

Indeed.
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Re: Gordonvale: Stories of Ernie Bond & more

Postby Giddy_up » Mon 23 Sep, 2013 12:12 pm

Mmmmm, they don't make them like that any more.

And thank you to every one for this wonderful insight into a most remarkable man.
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